JPMA Statement in Response to Study

May 18, 2011

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is issuing the following statement in response to the study in the May 18, 2011 journal of Environmental Science and Technology “Identification of Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam Collected from Baby Products.”

All nursery products sold in the United States must conform to tough federal safety standards such as the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Not only do these safety standards contain flammability requirements, they also restrict the use of substances that are harmful or toxic and to which children might be exposed. Compliance with the flammability requirements is often achieved by using materials that are inherently flame resistant.

The compound that was banned in 1977 for use in sleepwear is tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate; the relevant materials found in the study released today in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology (TCEP, TCPP, and TDCPP) are chemically related and have names which are similar (like the banned “tris”, all are halogenated organophosphates containing the triisopropyl or “tris” moiety), but are not the banned substance, and in fact, do not contain any bromine at all. This study does not support allegations that the banned retardant “tris” is in use.

Members of the juvenile industry share parents’ concern about children’s safety and the prevention of exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. JPMA works alongside government, consumer representatives and environmental groups to establish, maintain and comply with stringent safety standards and regulations, and to strengthen those standards when necessary.

“The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association supports any scientific investigation that can help improve or reinforce the safety of its members’ products,” said Michael Dwyer CAE, Executive Director of the JPMA. “We support consumer choice and the availability of a wide range of safe textiles materials, both organic and synthetic. Safety is always our top priority.”

About JPMA
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers.

For a full list of JPMA safe sleep recommendations, please visit Cribsafety.org, a website dedicated to helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for their baby.

Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on YouTube at YouTube.com/TheJPMA and on Facebook.com/jpma.org or visit JPMA.org to learn additional safety tips and other JPMA initiatives.

CONTACT:     Linda Woody, JPMA Communications Manager, 856-642-4420, lwoody@ahint.com