Phthalates are a group of chemicals used as substances added to plastics during manufacturing to increase products’ flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. Your everyday plastic products from toys, bottles, vinyl flooring, cosmetics, to even medical blood bags have some phthalates in them.
Studies have found phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system. People are exposed to phthalates by eating and drinking foods that have been in contact with containers and products containing phthalates. The more frightening is breathing in air that contains phthalate vapors or dust may also go into your body system. Children have a greater risk being exposed to phthalate particles due to their hand-to-mouth behaviors according to US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Safety regulations all over the world have banned or put a limit on Phthalates uses for product manufacturing, especially for Toys, infant bottles, and other products that are normally used by young children.
However, phthalates make products more presentable and attractive on display. Contract manufacturers or sub-contract manufacturers are still using these phthalates secretly to make their product easy to sell. Recent two news “Greenpeace finds phthalates in EEU toys” from chemicalwatch.com and “Supervisors Scrutinize Safety of Chinese Children’s Products” from Sixthtone.com show these dangerous substances are still in use by manufacturers, “The head of one type of doll was found to be more than 18.4% phthalate” and “the Chinese standard is set at 0.1%.”
Phthalates in Toys should be an old news. In US, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has established bans and regulation in 2008. News like these in China send alarming notice to US buyers and brand-owners to watch or test more frequently on products purchasing from China. A single product sample test is not enough. Random sample tests should be conduct more often for the safety of our children.
For more information on Phthalates standards, please contact Mr. Paul Chan, our expert in safety compliance.