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Between 25 and 50% formaldehyde in baby diapers sold to Mayott

Most brands of baby diapers have lowered their use of chemicals. But a brand sold exclusively in Mayotte still has too high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance known to humans.

The levels of chemicals in some disposable baby diapers have dropped significantly since a warning in January 2019 but “additional improvements are however expected for three references“, noted Thursday the Repression of fraud.

Review this report on the conclusions of the National Health Agency in 2019:
No exceedance of health thresholds was found“, assures the DGCCRF, which depends on Bercy, in a press release confirming information from the Parisian.”These findings confirm the marked improvement in the quality of the references present on the market.“.

No allergens or pesticide residue were found. Decreases in contaminations of dioxins and furans, PCB-DL (chlorinated compounds) and PAHs have also been noted, making it possible to no longer observe any exceedance of thresholds for these substances.


Improvements to be made

This is a clear improvement compared to January 2019, when the ANSES health security agency mentioned “risks“Long-term health of babies due to the presence of chemicals in these protections, leading the government to demand action from manufacturers.

Additional improvements are however expected for three references for which the measured formaldehyde content exceeds 10% of the health threshold“, however assures the DGCCRF.” The situation does not justify ordering the recall of the products but the operators concerned are asked to deepen their diagnoses within six months “.

A brand sold in Mayotte pointed to

Regarding formaldehyde, the Pampers Premium Protection, Marmailles Plus and Moina Zaza ranges are singled out. The rate of the first two is between 10 and 25% for this substance while it is even between 25 and 50% for the 3rd brand, sold exclusively in Mayotte and made in China, says Le Parisien.

The traces do not come from our layers but from the outside“, defends himself in the daily Antoine Giuntini, director of BabyCare at Pampers.”ANSES recognizes that on this type of very tiny traces, it is necessary to perfect the analyzes. Components can also be found in the air. There is a possible margin of error“.

Only six out of 32 references guarantee a formaldehyde presence rate of less than 10%. For 23 of them, ANSES cannot exclude an overshoot beyond 10%. Finally, five references are completely in the green for eight families of chemical substances.

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