Dermatitis Due to Levels of Formaldehyde and DEHP in Tagless Labels of Children's Clothing
- Challenge: Cardno ChemRisk was asked to evaluate the potential for formaldehyde and DEHP in the ink used for tagless labels of children's garments to cause dermatitis in the contact area. The analysis was conducted in response to an attempt to achieve class certification for a group of plaintiff's children that reported varying levels of skin reactions.
- Approach: Cardno ChemRisk scientists conducted a literature search on the dermal effects of exposure to these chemicals, researched international recommendations and regulations for these chemicals in clothing, and evaluated the clothing manufacturer's test data to determine if the recommended levels were exceeded.
- Findings: The concentrations of formaldehyde and DEHP detected in the labels were at very low concentrations and would not cause contact dermatitis. It was also determined that a Proposition 65 warning was not required for DEHP as the concentration was below the maximum allowable dose.
- Value: Class certification was not granted.