Danish report links phthalates to allergies
A study of almost 11,000 Swedish children aged six and under has found that the risk of their developing asthma and allergies increased by a factor of three with exposure to softening agents from PVC flooring and other "plastic products in the indoor climate", the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has announced. Describing the findings as "sensational", DTU said the phthalates BBP and DEHP appeared most likely to be responsible. It recommends reduced use of PVC and other soft plastics, and better ventilation in homes. Allergy and asthma specialists have reacted cautiously to the results. See DTU press release and Danish press digest for 12 August.