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Harper Government Introduces Proposed Regulations to Protect Children from Harmful Chemical
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 9, 2012 11:32 AM
Continuing to take action on harmful chemicals, especially those found in products that are used by children
ETOBICOKE, ON, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, introduced a proposed regulatory amendment to help protect infants and toddlers from unnecessary exposure to a harmful chemical found in some consumer products.
The proposed regulatory amendment would prohibit products intended for children under three years of age that are made, in whole or in part, from polyurethane foam (PUF) containing TCEP (tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate). It is known that TCEP can migrate out of toys and children's products made of PUF, including through fabric coverings, in response to sucking or chewing.
"Our Government is committed to protecting the health of hardworking Canadian families," said Minister Aglukkaq. "That is why we are taking action to prevent harmful chemicals in children's toys from being imported into Canada."
TCEP, an industrial chemical with flame retardant properties, was found to be harmful to human health after an assessment under the Government's Chemicals Management Plan. Sampling and testing conducted by Health Canada found that the chemical was being used in certain foam children's products. Of 40 tested products, 4 were found to contain TCEP. These products were 2 foam books and 2 sleep positioners.
However, subsequent information gathered from stakeholders suggests that Canadian manufacturers have already moved away from the use of TCEP in PUF and replaced it with alternatives. This prohibition would prevent its future use in these products, and prohibit international manufacturers from importing TCEP-containing children's products into Canada.
More information on the Chemicals Management Plan is available at www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca
"Child safety is a paramount priority for the Canadian Toy Association and its member companies," stated Kerry George, CTA Chair. "The CTA welcomes this regulatory announcement from the Minister of Health and we will continue to support her ongoing efforts on toy safety."
About the Canadian Toy Association
Factsheet: TCEP in Products for Young Children
What is TCEP?
What are the health risks?
Frequent mouthing and sucking activity among infants and young children under three years of age is a common and necessary part of their behaviour and development. As TCEP can migrate out of foam toys and foam children's products, including through fabric coverings, in response to sucking or chewing, young children are considered to be at greater risk of oral exposure to TCEP. Additionally, due to their low body weight and rapid rate of physical growth and development, young children are considered to be more vulnerable to the possible adverse health effects of the substance.
What will the TCEP Regulations do?
How can I know if children's products and toys in my home contain TCEP?
Where can I get more information on TCEP?
Consumer Product Safety Directorate
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SOURCE Health Canada
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