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Stroller brigade takes on the chemical lobby
Hundreds of parents -- calling themselves a stroller brigade – plan to wheel their charges through the nation’s capitol on Tuesday. They want a ban on suspected cancer-causing chemicals used in babies’ changing table pads, nursing pillows and crib mattresses.
Newsday said in an editorial last year that these flame-retarding chemicals produce “only a tiny gain in safety but an increased risk of cancer – especially for kids.”
In 1977, New York banned one chemical, Tris, from children’s pajamas. But Tris is still used in those changing table pads, couch cushions and other home items – a concession to pressure from chemical manufacturers. The Chicago Tribune ran an investigative series on the industry’s deceptive lobbying practices earlier this month.
Profit before babies’ health seems like a reckless tradeoff.