The brain development of “an entire generation” could be impacted by toxic substances present in some child car seats, alert researchers from North Carolina in a new study, relayed by the Daily Mail. These scientists warn, in the journal Environmental Health Perspective, on the dangers of “organophosphate esters”, used by manufacturers to make consumer products less flammable, but which are nerve agents.
An impact on the IQ of the youngest
According to the study, which itself brings together dozens of international studies, these toxic substances could have repercussions on the development of children’s cognitive and social skills. They even establish a link between exposure to organophosphate esters and lower IQ, attention span or memory in younger children.
Its products are also said to be present “in a wide variety of electronic objects, construction materials, vehicles, furniture, plastics and textiles”. They are considered safe by regulators, but these products could be “just as harmful” as halogenated flame retardants, already banned for their toxicity.
Pesticides present in our body
Scientists therefore invite manufacturers to change their habits by using materials that are less harmful to health. Babies are particularly affected because their developing brains remain very fragile, but this type of pesticide could have a negative impact on the entire population. According to the researchers, they are potentially present in the environment and even in everyone’s body.
“Organophosphate esters and their metabolites are regularly found in the urine, blood, placental tissue and breast milk of humans around the world,” they explain. Linda Birnbaum, co-author of the study, adds in the British daily that if their commercial use does not cease, “the consequences could be irreversible”.
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