By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson
We have received numerous messages from our readers asking us about safe EVA foam mats. Sorry for not having the time responding to each of you personally, that’s why we are posting this update today.
A few weeks ago, I came across a ‘Formamide-Free’ labeled Foam Mat packaged in PVC by Tatamiz in a store in France. I was curious and requested the test results for Formamide.
I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the detection limit was set to 2 mg/kg, which is the maximum allowed level by the new French Regulation on Formamide in Foam Puzzle Mats. At a detection limit of 2 mg/kg, NO Formamide was found present to this detection limit. That means it can be labeled as ‘formamide-free’. So, foam mats labeled with ‘Formamide-Free’ still can contain Formamide.
As we mentioned in our previous Foam Mat Posts, the US government doesn’t regulate Formamide but France has one of the strictest regulations in the world when it comes to EVA foam mats.
Dwinguler Kids Playmat Formamide Free?
Many of you emailed us about the Dwinguler Kids Playmat. We contacted them a while back regarding Formamide and then got the following message:
“We’d like to inform you that there’s been an update on our safety testing report. Other than the toxic materials called Phthalate and Formaldehyde, that can be generated from toxic foam mats, there’s another important factor that you should be aware of.
Formamide is also toxic to the reproductive system and can pose harm to fetuses and infants and exposure can cause eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation. In order to make sure our mat is safe from the danger of formamide, the testing is done to determine whether our mat contains formamide. (Attached is the testing report on formamide)
It would be great if you could kindly share this information with your readers.”
So we looked at the lab test results we received from Dwinguler Kids Playmat Company and the minimum detection limit is also 2mg/kg (same as the French company Tatamiz above).
Toxic Foam Mat Site by the Safbaby mamas
Because our Foam Mat post are so popular, we’ve created a sister site called Toxicfoammats.com where you can find all the latest updates. At this time we do not know of a safe equivalent alternative but we’re still looking.