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PIA Press Release
2008/02/05

BFAD warns against toys, baby products with Phthalates

Bacolod City (5 February) -- A Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) advisory is warning the general public especially parents against the purchase of plastic toys for their kids, especially toddlers who put toys in their mouths such as teethers, pacifiers, bath and inflatable toys.

This is in view of the use of phthalates in the manufacture of the toys, especially those with soft plastic materials or polyvinyl chloride or PVC as these have been found to leach out from the toys when they are sucked or chewed.

"Phthalates, an industrial chemical used as a plastic softener, has been shown to cause damage to the human reproductive systems, as well as liver, kidney, and lung damage in animals," said a study released July 10 by the Environmental Working Group, Coming Clean, and Health Care without Harm based on the website www.medobserver.com.

Although the Philippine Retailers Association agreed to sell only toys that have been tested and found to contain no extractable phthalates many toys are still found in the local market.

This is covered by DOH-BFAD Health Advisory No. 99-05 warning on Health Hazards posed by Plastic Toys. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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