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Federal Officials Alerting Consumers About Dangerous Mattress Chemicals

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  • In 2015, health and consumer groups asked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs), which have been linked to reduced IQ, cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive system damage, in certain products
  • In September 2017, CPSC voted to grant the petition to remove the toxic chemicals from children's products, furniture, mattresses and electronic casings
  • OFRs easily migrate from consumer products into household dust, where every household member, from children to pets, is easily and routinely exposed

By Dr. Mercola

In 2015, Earthjustice and Consumer Federation of America, on behalf of a group of more than 20 firefighter, health, science and consumer groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Hispanic Medical Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters, asked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs), which have been linked to reduced IQ, cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive system damage.


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