Tell Fisher-Price: Don't Hide What's Inside
As a nurse and a mother of a 10 month-old, I look for safety first when it comes to the products I buy for my baby. I especially want to know when products contain toxic flame retardant chemicals, as their health risks are so great.
Many flame retardant chemicals have been proven to be extremely toxic. Children exposed in the womb have lower IQs and attention problems. Studies have linked flame retardants to cancer, male infertility, birth defects, early puberty in girls, and even obesity.
So I was shocked to learn that Fisher Price, a brand trusted by so many parents, is standing in the way of a California law (SB 763) that calls for labeling of baby products to inform parents if they contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. Why would they oppose this law? Every parent deserves to know about toxic chemicals in products we buy for our children.
As any parent knows, baby products already come with many health and safety labels, so it’s easy for companies to add information to their labels about flame retardants. That's why it’s so troubling that Fisher Price's trade group, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, has chosen to oppose the labeling bill, siding with the chemical companies that make these toxic flame retardants. These flame retardant companies have a long track record of deceiving consumers and legislators about the serious health risks their products pose.
As a mom, I want to do everything I can to protect my daughter. But without clear labels that let me know when baby products contain toxic flame retardants, I'm left shopping in the dark, and potentially putting my daughter at risk for terrible diseases.
Since California is such a large market, passing this law here would make labeling a national priority for companies that make and sell baby products. Please join me in urging Fisher Price to withdraw its opposition to SB 763 in California. Call on Fisher Price to be leaders in children’s safety, to restore our trust in its brand.
- CEO, Fisher-Price/Mattel
Christopher A. Sinclair
- COO, Fisher-Price/Mattel
- Director, Government Affairs, Fisher-Price/Mattel
- Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Fisher-Price/Mattel
- Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, JPMA
Christopher A. Sinclair, CEO, Fisher Price
Dear Mr. Sinclair,
I am very disappointed to learn that your trade group, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), is joining with flame retardant chemical companies in opposing SB 763, the California proposal calling for labels that let parents like me know whether children’s products do or do not contain these disease-causing chemicals. This alliance with the chemical companies that have a long track record of deceiving the public and our elected officials about the health risks from their chemicals shines a very poor light on Fisher Price and makes me question your company's commitment to safer products for infants and children.
I urge you to use your influence in JPMA to withdraw the group's opposition to SB 763. As a company loved and supported by so many parents, we ask you to support parents’ right to know through clear labels on baby products.
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