Phthalates Exposure: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:37 by admin
Phthalates are used in plastic primarily to make the material soft and flexible. Products using Dibbutyl Phthalate include, but are not limited to, shower curtains, raincoats, food wraps, bowls, car interiors, vinyl fabrics, and floor tiles. Dimethyl Phthalate can be found in lacquers, safety glasses, rubber coatings, insect repellants, and pesticides.

In 1998 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission called on the manufacturers of toys, baby pacifiers, and medical supplies to remove the most toxic phthalates from their products. That action was prompted after scientists linked cancer to heavy exposure to some phthalates. In addition, chemists demonstrated that phthalates could leak from plastics during use.

A recent study revealed that some phthalates have the potential to interfere with the development of boys' reproductive systems when mothers, typically in their first trimester of pregnancy, are exposed to the chemicals.

See a doctor if you or your child have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to phthalates. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Cancer
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