Why are some children’s products (like cribs and strollers) regulated but not others? That’s exactly the question that California Baby CEO Jessica Iclisoy and California Senator Dianne Feinstein ask in a recent article they co-authored for the Huffington Post titled Ensuring Safe Children’s Products.
“Many expecting parents may be surprised to learn there are few safety rules for the hundreds of creams, lotions and shampoos used daily on babies and children,” they write. “The chemicals in these products are not reviewed by independent scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is no guarantee that the concentration of chemicals used in children’s products is appropriate for their developing bodies. For many chemicals, we just don’t know.”
Right now, the FDA does not have the authority to recall these products—and if parents report negative reactions like burns, companies are not required to tell the agency. To help remedy this, the co-authors strongly urge for the passage of the Personal Care Products Safety Act introduced in the Senate last year, which would put an FDA review process into place.
“Many chemicals in personal care products, including endocrine disruptors, have been associated with adverse health effects. Three of the first five chemicals to be reviewed—Diazolidinyl Urea, Propyl Paraben, and Quaternium-15—are endocrine disruptors. They are used as preservatives in a wide-range of products including lotion, shampoo and body wash,” they write.