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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 27, 2012) - United States Senator Charles E. Schumer along with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice released a report claiming that many vinyl back-to-school products contain high levels of phthalates. The following statement regarding the report can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council:

"Parents should feel confident as they purchase their children's school supplies. We all share a mutual interest in the need to protect the health of children and believe safety decisions must be made based on the full weight of the scientific evidence available. Phthalates are some of the most tested substances in commerce and have been reviewed by multiple regulatory agencies in the United States and Europe, including reviews that specifically examined the presence of phthalates in typical school supplies. Government agencies have found that phthalates neither migrate out of products easily, nor build up in the body. There is no reliable evidence that phthalates have ever caused any harm to any human in more than fifty years of use.
"ACC and our  member companies strongly support updating the primary federal law that regulates the use of chemicals in commerce, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) , but the current legislative proposal is unworkable and would disadvantage U.S. manufacturers. We remain committed to working with all stakeholders toward a bipartisan solution that will protect American families and our environment while also promoting innovation, job creation and the ability of U.S. businesses to compete in the global marketplace."

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