Once classified as a Carcinogen, but removed due to lack of evidence.
Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible an soft, they’re used in hundreds of consumer products. Phthalates can be found in shampoos, soaps, skin moisturizers, plastic toys and solvents.
You’re exposed to Phthalates through the air, water, and food. If you use cosmetics you are at a higher risk. In a study conducted by the CDC, in every person tested Phthalates were found. There is not enough information to support a claim that Phthalates damage the environment.
Scientists who have conducted tests on lab rodents believe humans are being affected the same way A test was conducted on lab rats, and results showed that Phthalates interfere with reproductive hormones in males. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors. The rats showed testicular atrophy, reduced sperm counts, and structural abnormalities.
Currently it is only known that animals who are exposed to these chemicals have hormone disruptions, but there is not enough evidence to say it is harming the environment.
In the Directive 2005/84/EC of the European Parliament, certain products are restricted from being sold due to the use of dangerous substances. The amount able to be in our drinking water is.006 ml/per L
To avoid exposure to Phthalates, purchase organic soaps, shampoos, and skin moisturizers. Avoid using cologne, and using PVC pipe. Also, but your children toys which are not plastic.
An article on Cnn.com which stated that Phthalates are everywhere, and they are absorbed by the human body through personal care products, food and water. Animal tests show that Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and produce abnormalities in males. The EPA says Phthalates are a chemical of concern. Purchase organic shampoos and moisturizers to avoid exposure.
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