It’s been relatively quiet on the floor mat topic since it first became news in Europe in December. I was glad to see that it was picked up in other parts of the world in January as well, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s been mainly a word-of-mouth online campaign in North America. You can read my full post on the topic here.
Safbaby has done a great job of keeping on top of the issue by hounding contacting retailers and manufacturers with respect to the contents of their foam mats. Not only have they asked them to confirm whether their products contained or emanated any formamide, but have also asked for test results as back up. Some have been forthcoming with their results (like Edushapes and Tadpoles) while others have made frankly fishy claims that their test results are proprietary. Some, like giant retailer Toys-R-Us, have been completely unable to provide any response whatsoever. You can follow Safbaby’s reporting here.
Separately, the Belgian government has been keeping track of the various manufacturers in its market and keeps an updated list of Approved / Not Approved / Still Pending foam mats. Each manufacturer/importer/retailer needs to prove that their product is free of any harmful substances (including the infamous formamide). This list could potentially be helpful in identifying the good and bad mats if you live in Europe. You can find that list (a pdf in French) here (it’s the third link on the page). For the non-francophones: “Liste 1” has the brands/products that are free and clear and hence approved for sale. “Liste 2” contains the ones that are known to be bad and banned. “Liste 3” contains the ones whose risk is still not confirmed and currently suspended until lab proof is provided.