SAN FRANCISCO – A new study released by Friends of the Earth, a national environmental group said toxic fire retardant chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological and other health problems are prevalent in common baby products.

The study, Killer Cribs: Protecting Infants and Children from Toxic Exposure, finds that the toxic chemicals, called halogenated fire retardants, appear in a high percentage of baby products, including portable cribs, strollers, car seats and infant carriers. Due to their prevalence in common household products, these chemicals have been found in breast milk and in children.

“We’re poisoning our children, one crib at a time,” said Russell Long, vice-president of Friends of the Earth. “Given the clear links to learning disorders and reproductive problems, this is beyond foolish. Fortunately, there are fire-safe alternatives, but the chemical industry is fighting hard to keep its profits at the expense of our kids.”

A bill sponsored by California Assemblyman Mark Leno (AB 706) would end the use of these dangerous chemicals in many products and has already passed the California Assembly. Action is pending on the California Senate floor.

The findings in the “Killer Cribs” report released today are based on a sample of 150 baby products and 350 pieces of household furniture from California stores and residences. More information is available from Friends of the Earth at

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