DEHP risk assessment conclusion delayed

EU chemical regulators given four weeks to decide on safe intake level for key phthalate

EU chemicals regulators have delayed finalising a comprehensive risk assessment that could have a huge impact on the commercial future of the phthalate DEHP, a PVC softener used in applications such as floor coverings, and medical bags and tubes.

Meeting in Arona, Italy, last week, member state experts postponed a decision to agree on the maximum concentration of DEHP that can be ingested without risk to human health. The phthalate is a toxin known to harm mammalian reproductive systems.

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