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

Survey of chemical substances in consumer products, 74, 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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