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FMA Discredits Study

Posted: February 4, 2008

The Fragrance Materials Association has released a statement criticizing a recent study published in The American Academy of Pediatrics, which suggests that the use of infant lotion, infant powder and infant shampoo were associated with increased presence of phthalates in the diaper urine of babies. Phthalate is a broad term that refers to a wide variety of compounds of differing chemical structure. They are used in a variety of products found around the household, primarily as plasticizers but also as solubilizers. The study analyzed urinary concentrations of nine different phthalate metabolites in 163 infants and concluded that the use of these infant products resulted in higher levels of phthalates in babies. According to FMA’s statement, “The data reported are not based on sound science; no information is provided on the source of the exposure and, more importantly it is unrealistic to think that all sources of exposure can be determined.” The FMA concludes that there is no scientific reason to believe these products, intended for use in infants, are unsafe; further, the study’s recommendation to limit their use is unnecessary.

To view FMA’s complete statement, click here.