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Consumer Reports: phthalates

January 19th, 2007 (10:44 am)
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There's an article at Consumer Reports about the dangers of phthalates. They're used in cosmetics, perfumes, detergents, plastic toys, even food packaging and pharmaceuticals. They've been linked (not conclusively) to liver damage, low sperm count/motility, and various and developmental problems. They're supposedly being eliminated in cosmetics (they're legal in the US, but not in the EU; and many cosmetics manufacturers have pledged to meet EU standards worldwide), but Consumer Reports ran tests and found phthalates even in products from manufacturers who say they don't use them.

Not sure what to do about this, except keep prepubescent kids from using cosmetics.

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Posted by: lauradi7 (lauradi7)
Posted at: January 19th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)

Or keep babies from chewing on a lot of the toys aimed at them directly.

Posted by: a_c_fiorucci (a_c_fiorucci)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)

I thought phthalates were used in the packaging (they are some sort of plasticizer, IIRC)? So they wouldn't be "ingredients" in cosmetics, they'd be the result of leaching from the plastic container the cosmetic is stored in.

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