Australians say phthalate in toys is not a risk
IN its latest report on the phthalate DINP, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) says that the “current risk estimates do not indicate a health concern from exposure of children to DINP in toys and childcare articles even at the highest (reasonable worst-case) exposure scenario considered."
It went on to say, "No recommendations to public health risk management for the use of DINP in toys and child care articles are required based on the findings of this assessment.”
DINP is a high molecular weight phthalate mainly used as a plasticiser for PVC. In 2006, it was one of nine phthalates declared as a Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) for public health risk assessment for use in toys, childcare articles and cosmetics in Australia.
This priority status will be revoked based on the results of the latest PEC report.