Survey of chemical substances in consumer products, 74, 2006

Evaluation of the health risk to animals playing with phthalate containing toys

28-08-2006

Phthalates are used as plasticisers in various polymers (e.g., PVC) that are found in a wide range of products. An earlier survey shows high contents of two phtalates - DEHP and DINP- in PVC toys to animals. When DEHP exposure was estimated based on the relatively conservative assumption that 10% of the phthalate migrates while in the gastrointestinal tract, critical exposure levels were derived for all the scenarios, i.e. even the largest dog eating only 1 g of toy/day that contains a mean content of DEHP is exposed to doses of DEHP where toxic effects can occur.

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