The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned all baby powder, including the brands Nars, Moisturizers and Baby Powder Mineral, as well as its sister brand Nars Ultra.
According to the FDA, baby powder has been found to contain the harmful mineral cadmium, a carcinogen, which has been linked to a higher risk of childhood leukemia.
This week, the FDA also released a new warning about the mineral’s potential to affect children, and its potential to cause respiratory problems in adults, such as asthma.
“The risks of breathing in this material may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and even death,” the FDA said.
“The risks associated with inhaling the material, including skin irritation and contact dermatitis, are also known to occur in children.”
The warning comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that between July 2015 and December 2016, the number of cases of acute respiratory infections due to inhaled asbestos rose by 40 percent.
The CDC added that the increase was likely due to increased use of baby powder in the US.
The new warning came as the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) released a report detailing the growing trend of states cutting back on baby powder.
On Tuesday, the committee held a hearing on the growing popularity of baby powders in the United States, with the majority of attendees expressing concerns about the use of the products.
“I’m sick of seeing baby powder companies put these products in children’s mouths, and I want to know why that’s allowed,” said Senator Cory Booker, the top Democrat on HELP.
“Baby powder manufacturers and the makers of those products need to be held accountable for the products that are used to make baby powder.”
In its report, HELP said it also identified the “growing trend” of states banning the use in their respective communities of baby products containing cadmion, an alloy of titanium, nickel and chromium, which is known to be a carcinogenic metal.
The Committee on Consumer Affairs and the Subcommittee on the Safety and Quality of New Products also issued a report on cadmia-free baby powdings, which noted that the “toxic effects” of cadmial exposure can occur “in the lungs and bloodstream” and lead to respiratory problems, including asthma.
In the US, baby powdets are made with a mixture of titanium dioxide, cadmimut, iron, nickel, zinc and aluminum, which are typically known to contain trace amounts of cadmanium, cadmandite and cadmide.
It is estimated that around 60 million Americans have inhaled the material.
In April, the US Food & Drug Administration released a warning for baby powder manufacturers that the materials are known to have a “cancerous and toxic effect” on the lungs.
The agency warned that these materials could “increase the risk of developing lung cancer, including lung cancer of the upper airway, bronchitis, emphysema, emulasma, or emphyroid,” and that the risk increases with increasing inhalation frequency and duration.
The FDA also pointed out that babies born prematurely, those who are allergic to cadmias or have had the chemical exposure to a child who has been exposed to a contaminated parent, or those who have developed a sensitivity to cadmandites in the last few months may also be at increased risk of lung cancer.