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Australian government reports safe use of phthalate DINP in children’s toys

Amid a slew of product attacks and unreliable studies appearing in mainstream media, it can be easy to miss the most valuable, sound scientific evidence when it is reported on the safety of chemicals in everyday products.

For example, the Australian government’s Department of Health and Ageing has issued a final report on diisononyl phthalate (DINP), one of nine phthalates used to make soft and flexible plastics.

When reviewing a report like this, it’s important to understand that it supports a large body of scientific evidence and reaffirms the safety of DINP for its intended uses.

DINP poses no health risk even at the highest (reasonable worst case) exposure scenario

DINP is an important component in many commercial and industrial products and can provide performance benefits in toys because of its unique properties that ensure durability, flexibility and versatility.

The chemical has been thoroughly studied and reviewed by a number of government scientific agencies and regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe — and now, by Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing, which found that:

[c]urrent risk estimates do not indicate a health concern from exposure of children to DINP in toys and child care articles even at the highest (reasonable worst case) exposure scenario considered.

ACC has submitted a written a recommendation to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that it take this latest assessment into serious account in its forthcoming review of DINP.

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