Baby diapers. Significant improvement in composition, but there is still room for improvement

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, notes this Thursday, July 2 the Repression of fraud.

No exceeding of thresholds

“No health thresholds have been exceeded,” says 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 contamination with dioxins and furans, PCB-DL (chlorinated compounds) and PAHs have also been noted, making it possible to no longer observe that the thresholds for these substances are exceeded., according to the same source.

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

Several brands targeted

Additional improvements are however expected for three references for which the measured formaldehyde content exceeds 10% of the health threshold, however ensures 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.

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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