Friday, June 19, 2009

Minister proposes ban on chemicals used in kids' plastic products

The federal government is proposing a ban on six types of phthalates used in common children's products because of concern they may affect reproductive development and have other adverse health effects.

Phthalates are chemical agents that make polyvinyl chloride — a type of plastic — flexible and help hold a perfume's scent.

Recent studies have suggested exposure to phthalates can have feminizing effects on male fetuses, and may cause kidney or liver failure in young children if sucked or chewed on for extended periods.

Read the full article here.

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