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BOSTON - Potentially hazardous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are commonly found in children's stain-proof and water-resistant clothes - including those labelled 'green' or 'nontoxic', according to a new study.

Scientists at Boston University tested more than 90 children’s products - including apparel, bedding and furnishings - and found that 54 of them had measurable levels of fluorine, indicating the presence of PFAS.

Environmental testing laboratory Alpha Analytical then tested those products for 36 individual PFAS and found that the products with the highest measurements of PFAS were clothing, including school uniforms, pillow and mattress protectors, and upholstery from children’s furniture.

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