Last week Friday, Canada's Minister of Health announced their planned proposal to ban phthalates in soft vinyl toys and child-care articles as well as further reduction limits of lead in consumer products.
Canada is proposing regulations to prevent the use of six phthalates DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP citing studies that suggest these chemicals are hazardous to reproduction and development in children.
The proposed Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations would limit the lead content for all affected products such as toys for children under three years of age; mouthpieces used in sports equipment, (i.e. snorkels); mouthpieces of musical instruments; pacifiers; teethers; baby bottle nipples; plastic beverage straws; and drinking cup spouts; to a maximum of 90 milligrams of lead per kilogram of product (90 mg/kg).
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released a statement saying that the Health Canada's proposal about phthalates has no scientific basis in meeting the stated objective of protecting the health and safety of Canadian children.
ACC said they are willing and able to demonstrate the sound science behind phthalates.
"We urge the agency to review the strong body of scientific evidence and to consider carefully the real risks to children in addressing potential restrictions."[Photo image from Health Canada]