New concern over Nordic retardants, phthalates

Recent data released in Norway and Denmark reinforce concerns over brominated flame retardants and phthalates respectively. A study by the Norwegian public health institute (FHI) finds that levels of the former in mothers' milk have risen 58% over the past decade, while the Danish veterinary and food administration reports that children, especially infants of 6-12 months, still suffer levels of exposure to phthalates up to ten times those of adults, despite a series of statutory and voluntary bans on the use of the compounds in toys (EED 24/06/03). See Danish press release.

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