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WASHINGTON (December 17, 2014) - The  High Phthalates Panel of the American Chemistry Council has released the following statement today after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to publish a proposed rule prohibiting children's toys and child care articles containing specified phthalates following the July 2014 Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) on Phthalates report .

"We support rules and regulations to protect human health and the environment when they are developed through open and transparent processes using the best-available science. CPSC should have considered the most recently-available CDC biomonitoring data from 2009-10 and 2011-12 prior to issuing a proposed rule. The current proposed rule is based largely on old data.

"The 2009-10 CDC NHANES biomonitoring data clearly show a marked decrease in overall phthalate exposure since the 2005-06 data used by the CHAP. This data is more relevant to exposures since the enactment of the CPSIA. This trend persists, as seen in the 2011-12 CDC data released this year. Exposures to DINP remain extremely low with margins of exposure (MOEs) that are many times above the concentrations that induce adverse effects in rats. In fact, when the CHAP cumulative risk methodology is used with the 2009-10 data, the Hazard Index (HI) is well below one, indicating exposure levels do not pose a risk to human health. Furthermore, using either the 2005-06 data or the 2009-10 data, the contribution of DINP to cumulative risk is negligible, even at the 95th percentile."


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