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Posted Thu Feb 21 2013: from San Francisco Chronicle:
Toxic nap mats draw suit in Oakland
An Oakland watchdog group said Tuesday it is suing major manufacturers and retailers, including Target and, for selling nap mats made with a toxic flame retardant that is also a known carcinogen.... Many foam nap mats, which are widely used at places like day care centers, are doused with flame retardants linked to obesity, hormone disruption and infertility, according to the lawsuit. One of those flame retardants is chlorinated Tris, a carcinogen that was banned more than 30 years ago from children's pajamas, the group says. These chemicals are released into the air that infants and toddlers inhale as they doze on the mats, said Caroline Cox, the center's research director.
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