Children’s Clothing Ban

Children’s Clothing Ban

Sales of children’s clothing containing the fire retardant TRIS (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate have been banned by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission stated that TRIS “could cause substantial illness because of its toxicity” and “tests have established that TRIS causes cancer in animals and can enter the bodies of children by being absorbed through the skin.”

The commission ruled that children’s clothing containing TRIS that is in commerce on April 8 or later “must be repurchased by any manufacturer or others who sold it.” Clothing containing TRIS in the hands of consumers was not banned, unless unwashed, because washing removes “much of the available TRIS” that could affect the wearer.

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