New regulations on use of six types of phthalates in childrens products were announced by the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Pierre Polievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton.
Research has shown that exposure to phthalates at an early age may impact reproduction and development. Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers to watch for any soft plastic toys their child may be playing with and to remove them if the child is observed sucking or chewing on them. Products intended for the mouth will most likely not contain phthalates due to the voluntary decision in 1998, but products not intended for the mouth, such as plastic bibs or toys, may contain phthalates.
Concentrations of di 2-ethylhexl phthalate (DEHP), benzyl butyl phthalate (DINP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) are not allowed to exceed more than 1000 mg/kg or 0.1 per cent in products that may enter the mouths of children under four years of age, reports Global News. This ban includes all products that can reasonably be foreseeable to enter the infant or child’s mouth.
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