A new study by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been investigating exposure to the chemical di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in the country’s population.
DEHP is used widely in the plastics industry as a plasticiser, but known to have a hormone-like effect in humans and is considered toxic for reproduction, possibly affecting human fertility and unborn children.
The study found that DEHP exposure is mainly through food, with children ingesting half of their intake by this route. Foods such as mayonnaise and oily products packed in jars and cans contained the highest levels. BfR concludes that the possibility of a small number of people being exposed to DEHP levels above those acceptable cannot be excluded.
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