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Canada Restricts Phthalates in Kids' Toys

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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Sam Suds- the Movie Phthalates are a plasticizer for vinyl or PVC; it is not chemically bound but mixed in, so it can leach out easily. It has been linked to hormonal changes, genital abnormalities, early puberty and even claims of reduced penis size. It has been banned for teethers and pacifiers for years in Canada, and President Bush ordered controls on it in the States (over the objections of Exxon and the American Chemistry Council, of course.) Now Canada has extended the ban, to any toy made or imported that can fit into a child's mouth, matching the American restrictions (although Canada has permanently banned six types of phthalates, while the American ban on three is temporary pending further study) ... Read the full story on TreeHugger





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