Quite a few of our readers commented on our recent post titled Foam Puzzle Mat Immedate Removal In France Due to Toxic Formamide. (By the way, for all of you that did comment, thank you. We love hearing from you and are always interested in your thoughts and concerns.)
Not only have we received post comments, but one reader sent us an email with additional feedback that we would like to share today. We will continue to add on to this post as we receive LAB RESULTS from companies that respond to our concerns regarding toxic formamide hiding in our children’s foam puzzle mats.
We have emailed One Step Ahead and Skip Hop requesting that they provide us with their tests results proving that their mats are safe for our kids. If you have any other feedback/lab results that you would like to share with us, please do and we will keep this post updated as needed.
Parents Are Concerned About Toxic Puzzle Mats
Our initial post on this subject stated that ALL Foam Puzzle Mats have been removed from shelves in Belgium and France this holiday season due to high amounts of Formamide. Formamide threatens our children’s reproductive health, so knowing which companies are formamide-free is crucial if you’re planning on using puzzle mats in your home.
We have emailed both Skip Hop and One Step Ahead requesting they provide us with their lab results proving their claims to be free of formamide. We have yet to receive those results, although one reader did receive this email response back from One Step Ahead. (Please keep in mind that this email reply does not provide the lab results we are still awaiting for.) Edushape is the only company that email us their test results. We’re still waiting for a response from ToysRus regarding their IMAGINARIUM foam puzzle and Alex Toys.
Edutiles Mats from Edushape
Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding our Edu Tile floor mats, our mats do not contain carcinogens, including Formamide, Acetaphenone, 2 Phenyl 2 Propanol. At Edushape, we pay a close attention to quality and frequently test our products to make sure they meet or exceed ASTM guidelines. Please see enclosed ASTM as well as fumigation test reports that have been conduct overseas. The on-going recall for foam mats in Europe is not related to our products. Rest assure that our foam tiles are safe, soft and durable. According to tests done last year, there was no Formamide detected in our foam tiles.
Please note that the manufacturers of Edushape instructed us to immediately remove test results from our site:
“We are the distributor of the product and not the manufacturer; as such we did not test those mats ourselves, and are not the rightful owner of those reports- neither is your website. The manufacturer is demanding to remove those reports off your site and request your immediate compliance.
Please see this as our official request to remove your test report off your site. We do state that our foam mats comply with all ASTM, CPSIA guidelines and assure the safety of those products to your customers.” – Edushape
Please see details on our latest post:
One Step Ahead Regarding Formamide
From a SAFbaby reader: Safbaby, Just wanted to forward this to you…maybe help you out a bit. This is the company that I was considering purchasing a foam mat from, so I emailed them regarding the formamide. There reply is below. Hope this might make your job just a little bit easier. Thanks, M.B.
And her email correspondence with One Step Ahead: Does your foam playmat contain formamide? Has your company done any testing to see what formamide levels might be since this can also be a byproduct of manufacturing EVA foam?? Thanks, M.B.
One Step Ahead: December 17, 2010 Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for your interest in One Step Ahead. I am the Quality Control Manager at One Step Ahead. It has been brought to my attention that you have concerns about the safety of our Puzzle Mat Collection.
Let me begin by assuring you that all One Step Ahead products are rigorously tested, and meet or exceed all United States safety requirements. Because of the concerns regarding the use of EVA foam in children’s products, we had our mats tested for the chemicals that are under investigation in Europe. The testing results are as follows:
2-Phenyl 2-propanol—not detected
At One Step Ahead, we stand behind the quality and safety of our products 100%. I sincerely hope this information will put your concerns to rest, and we look forward to serving you in the future.
Best regards, Quality Control Manager
Skip Hop Regarding Formamide
And our personal email correspondence to Skip Hop looks like this so far…
SAFbaby: Are your foam mats Formamide free?
Skip Hop: 12/16/10, Thank you for your interest in Skip Hop! All Skip Hop products, including the Playspot, meet or exceed regulatory safety standards in the USA and Europe, without exception. We do not add Formamide to Playspot, although it can be a byproduct of the EVA foam manufacturing process (which includes such items as flip flops and many bath toys). That said, due to these concerns, we have tested Playspot using ISO 16000 methods.
We are pleased that our Playspots received the lowest possible score,<2ug/m3 (less than 2 millionths of a gram per cubic meter) for Formamide emissions, the lowest measurable result with this testing method. These tests show that – within the limits of the test – its presence is essentially not detectable. Therefore, the Playspot is a safe EVA floor mat option for children and you should feel confident that we have specifically tested for this issue.
Feel free to contact us with further questions. Best, Skip Hop Team
SAFbaby: Could we please see your test results for our readers. Thank you.
Skip Hop: 12/17/10, This s information that we gladly supply to Skip Hop retailers. Thank you, Customer Service
SAFbaby: We’d like to add test results documentation to our post: http://www.safbaby.com/foam-puzzle-mat-immedate-removal-in-france-due-to-toxic-formamide Thanks.