Melamine and cyanuric acid were found in nearly all study participants’ samples, but the highest levels were found in women of color and those with greater exposure to tobacco. Four aromatic amines that are commonly used in products containing dyes and pigments were also found in nearly all pregnant participants. Another finding of note: levels of 3,4-dichloroaniline (a chemical used in the production of dyes and pesticides) were more than 100% higher among Black and Hispanic women compared to white women.
Melamine and its major byproduct, cyanuric acid, are each high production chemicals that exceed 100 million pounds per year in the U.S. alone. When exposure to these chemicals happens together, they can be more toxic than either one alone.
Melamine* is found in dishware, plastics, flooring, kitchen counters, and pesticides;
Cyanuric acid is used as a disinfectant, plastic stabilizer, and cleaning solvent in swimming pools;
Aromatic amines are found in hair dye, mascara, tattoo ink, paint, tobacco smoke, and diesel exhaust.Pregnant women are exposed to highly toxic chemicals in personal care and home care products: study – Chemical Free Life