Toxic Free Kids Act: Chemicals of High Concern and Priority Chemicals | Minnesota Department of Health


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During the 2009 legislative session, the Toxic Free Kids Act (Minn. Stat. 2010 116.9401 – 116.9407), was passed and signed into law by the governor. This legislation requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to create two lists of chemicals: one list called “Chemicals of High Concern” and one called “Priority Chemicals.”

MDH is required to review and revise the Chemicals of High Concern list at least every three years. The Toxic Free Kids Program published the third update of the Chemicals of High Concern list June 28, 2019. A report describing this process as well as public education efforts can be found on the Reports page. The fourth update of the Chemicals of High Concern list is scheduled for July 2022.

Through the Toxic Free Kids (TFK) program, MDH is working to identify and communicate the potential for hazardous chemical exposures which could be harmful to human health, particularly to vulnerable or susceptible populations, such as children and pregnant women. 

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