Disposable nappies are widely used – but France says they may contain hazardous chemicals
France’s national health agency Anses says it has found chemicals in babies’ nappies that exceed safety levels.
Tests found levels above safety thresholds for substances potentially dangerous to human health, and lower levels of others including the controversial weedkiller glyphosate.
Anses said its nappy tests were the first of their kind in the world.
It has called for rapid action “considering the possible risks these chemicals may pose” to babies.
France’s Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said there was “no serious or immediate risk” to babies’ health.
“Obviously we should continue putting nappies on our babies. We’ve been doing that for at least 50 years,” she told AFP.
But a joint statement by the health, finance and environment ministers said the government had given nappy manufacturers 15 days to come up with an action plan aimed at getting rid of the toxic substances.
Ms Buzyn said the government would accept a delay of up to six months for production methods to change.