Danish alert on phthalates in toys for pets

A study of toys for pets by Denmark's environmental protection agency (EPA) has found phthalates in about quarter of the 50 products examined. It notes that phthalates in pet toys are not regulated, and that toys for cats and dogs, especially, often look very like toys for children. Such items should therefore be kept away from toddlers, it concludes. The study does not address the health implications for pets. The EU is finalising legislation to outlaw phthalates in all children's toys that can be mouthed (EED 23/06/05). See summary and study.

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