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Report fuels concern over chemicals in baby products

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study concludes that baby shampoos, lotions and powders could expose infants to chemicals linked to possible reproductive problems.

The small study published in the journal Pediatrics says elevated levels of the chemicals were found in the urine of babies after the products were applied to them.

Chemicals called phthalates (thowl-ates) are under attack from some environmental groups. They aren't limited by the federal government, but the state of California and some countries have restricted their use.

Animal studies show the chemicals can cause reproductive birth defects, but human scientific evidence is lacking.

The chief scientist for the Personal Care Products Council questions the report. He says the chemicals could have come from diapers or other sources.

The government says there's "no compelling evidence" the chemicals pose a safety risk.

 

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