28 September 2010 13:00 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Tests carried out on a sample of toys made in China found that around a quarter contained dangerous levels of phthalates, breaching EU and ?xml:namespace>
The company said that over the past two months it had conducted standard phthalate content tests on 35 randomly selected Chinese-made plastic toys destined for European and American markets.
“Approximately 25% of these toys were found to contain dangerous levels of phthalates such as ethylhexyl, consequently not conforming to EU and
It added that in one case, a toy first aid kit was found to contain more than 130 times the allowable limit of phthalates under Reach regulations.
“Results like these make it clear that toy importers buying from
Phthalates are chemical compounds used primarily to enhance the flexibility and durability of plastics like plasticised polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Research has shown that at high levels of exposure, the toxicological properties of phthalates present a risk of cancer and can lead to adult infertility.
These chemicals are being phased out of toys in the
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said earlier this year that it was stepping up its efforts under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to regulate harmful chemicals and disseminate more information on the TSCA inventory list.
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