A woman adjusts her baby's diaper in Nice, a study from the French Environment Agency, ANSES, reported that a series of potentially toxic substances have been discovered in the diapers for babies in France, January 23, 2019. Good Medical / Eric Gaillard
PARIS (Good Medical) – A variety of potentially toxic substances, including widely used herbicide glyphosate, has been discovered in baby diapers in France, according to a study published Wednesday by the French Environment Agency ANSES .
The study found that research had found substances including butylphenyl methylpropional used in cosmetics and some aromatic hydrocarbons as well as glyphosate. All pose potential risks.
The French government has stated that manufacturers and retailers should ensure that substances are removed from the diapers.
The agency said the health risks could not be ruled out, although French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the current situation regarding diaper manufacturing posed no health risk babies.
Buzyn, Environment Minister François de Rugy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire have issued a joint statement calling on manufacturers and retailers to take action in the next 15 days to remove these substances from the diapers. babies.
"With Bruno Le Maire and François de Rugy, we call on companies to take all necessary measures to ensure that diapers are as safe as possible," wrote Buzyn on Twitter.
"There is no immediate serious risk to children's health, but it is important to take precautions," she added.
Glyphosate, which is no longer patented and marketed worldwide by dozens of chemical groups, is expected to be phased out in France in the next three years, although farmers are exempt from the ban. when there is no credible alternative to the pesticide.
Report by Sophie Louet; Written by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Edited by Darren Schuettler and Gareth Jones