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[GreenYes] reusable nappies and chemical content.
Please respond to Helen Lynn, <health@wen.org.uk>
Thank you.


>From: Helen Lynn <health@wen.org.uk>
>Subject: ED-COM: reusable nappies and chemical content.
>Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 16:46:10 +0100
>Reply-To: health@wen.org.uk
>
>We are having a bit of a problem here in the UK re: reusable nappies and
>chemical content and would appreciate any help in the form of information
>anyone has to offer on this issue....
>
>In the UK we are not obliged to know and its very difficult to find out
>what chemicals are used or contained in disposable nappies. The industry
>has come down hard on us because we are saying certain chemicals in
>disposables are "unknown" and therefore potentially harmful, they defend
>them by saying they are approved by the FDA in the US.
>
>We campaign for the use of reusable nappies and we questioned the use of
>certain chemicals in products meant for infants. For example, on testing
>some disposables in 2000 we found Tributyl Tin which is used as part of the
>manufacturing process not as an added ingredient, but nevertheless ended up
>in the nappies.
>
>There isn't any government regulation in the UK to control the use of these
>chemicals in these products. We are trying to highlight a precautionary
>approach to the use of potentially toxic ones. But we haven't even been
>able to find out what the chemicals in particular are, as they are listed
>as fragrances, absorbent gels etc.
>
>Our question is - has anyone every known of a similar controversy where the
>producers of items quoted FDA approval and were challenged on that in the
>UK or in the US?
>
>We would really appreciate any help on this.
>
>Helen Lynn
>
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>Helen Lynn
>Health Co-ordinator
>The Women's Environmental Network
>PO Box 30626
>London E1 1TZ  UK
>Tel: 00 44 20 7481 9004
>Fax: 00 44 20 7481 9144
>http://www.wen.org.uk
>health@wen.org.uk






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