Phthalates and BPA Raise Concerns for Human Health

Published: 31 January 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to “Newsweek,” because many chemicals on the market today were grandfathered in under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 without scrutiny, we really don’t know the effects of “potentially hazardous classes of compounds”—such as the plastic strengthener bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants known as PBDEs, and plastic softeners called phthalates—on human health. The article reports, “most scientists say small amounts [of BPA] can leach out—and ultimately find their way into our bodies—when the plastics start to break down under high heat or wear and tear.” The article reports that “phthalates have also raised concern” in animal and human studies.

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