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  • More Regulation, Public Awareness Needed to End Toxic Chemicals in Crib Mattresses

    More Regulation, Public Awareness Needed to End Toxic Chemicals in Crib Mattresses

    By Ying Xu, Assistant Professor of Building Energy and Environments
    Published: May 27

    Many parents do not know that on the surfaces of some crib mattresses are toxic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are in close proximity to the breathing zone of the infant. These chemicals need to be removed.

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      Johs.T.Håskjold said on June 13 at 1:28 a.m.
      Which are the 30 VOCs that are found?Are any of them higher than accepted by Proposition 65? What do you mean by polyester-matresses? Is it a polyurethane produced from polyesterpolyol?