New French study shows baby diapers contain harmful chemicals


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A new French study, conducted by Anses, which is a French agency in charge of food, environmental, and occupation health and safety, published last week that diapers contain harmful substances including carcinogen, as classified by the World Health Organization (WHO), media reports said. It was also reported that disposable diapers are one-quarter plastic and undesirable to be in contact of child's bare skin for extended periods.

The agency examined 23 diaper brands between 2016 and 2018 and concluded “a number of hazardous chemicals in disposable nappies that could migrate through urine, for example, and enter into prolonged contact with babies’ skin”, The Guardian reported. More than 60 chemicals including some banned in Europe for over 15 years and other substances, usually found in cigarette smoke or diesel fumes were found in the diapers by the researchers.

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