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NEWTON – A new study found that nearly 60 per cent of children’s textiles labeled “waterproof”, “stain-resistant”, or “environmentally friendly” contained toxic PFAS substances. These are know as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment. Many of the clothing items tested had “green” certifications.

Studies have linked PFAS with a range of health effects including cancers, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, low birth weight, and asthma. There is also evidence that PFAS can suppress the immune system, potentially weakening the effectiveness of childhood vaccines and the body’s ability to fight infections.

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