Date
12 December 2017
Dr. William Yu (second from left) of the World Green Organisation announces the results of tests on 17 baby bath brands sold in Hong Kong. He said all the products meet WHO standards. Photo: WGO
Dr. William Yu (second from left) of the World Green Organisation announces the results of tests on 17 baby bath brands sold in Hong Kong. He said all the products meet WHO standards. Photo: WGO

17 brands of baby bath products sold in HK meet WHO standards

A Hong Kong-based green group said baby bath products from 17 brands sold in Hong Kong have been confirmed safe by tests, although it recommended that parents mix them with water before use.

The World Green Organisation (WGO) bought the products from seven major retailers in Hong Kong between June and September this year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

They were then sent to an internationally accredited laboratory for chemical analysis and bio-tests.

The results, which were unveiled on Thursday, showed all of the products met the standards set by the World Health Organization.

Dr. William Yu, WGO founder and chief executive, said there is no law in Hong Kong to regulate chemicals in baby bath products. Regulations on such products in other countries are generally less rigid than those on skin-care products.

The fact that baby skin is 30 percent thinner than that of an adult means it is easier for chemicals to seep into the former’s body, Yu said.

Long-term chemical absorption can cause babies to suffer from skin allergies, excessive estrogen and faster skin aging.

The WGO said parents should add water to baby bath fluids and stir the solution until it foams before applying it on babies.

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