High Phthalates - American Chemistry Council
All Phthalates Are Not the Same
The term “phthalate” simply refers to a family of chemicals that happen to be structurally similar, but which are functionally and toxicologically distinct from each other. Phthalates are categorized as high and low, depending on their molecular weight. High molecular weight phthalates have 7 or more carbon atoms in their chemical backbone that gives them increased permanency and durability. Furthermore, high phthalates have been thoroughly studied and reviewed by a number of government scientific agencies and regulatory bodies worldwide. These agencies have found that high phthalates are safe for existing uses.
High Phthalates Facts
- With more than 50 years of research, phthalates are among the most thoroughly studied family of compounds in the world and have been reviewed by multiple regulatory bodies in the United States, Canada, the EU, etc.
- Phthalates are widely used, and yet actual exposure levels are hundreds or thousands of times below levels of concern established by regulatory authorities.
- Phthalates are the preferred plasticizer in use today because of their strong safety profile, performance, cost-effectiveness and durability.
- Phthalates are not used in plastic food wraps and containers; and food packaging like takeout containers is not “coated” with phthalates.
High Phthalates Industry Group Members
The High Phthalates Panel was formed in 2011 with a mission dedicated to promoting the benefits of diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), dipropylheptyl phthalate (DPHP) and other high molecular weight phthalates. In its efforts to support these high phthalates, the Industry Group advocates before federal and state regulators and lawmakers to address unwarranted regulation and legislation; promotes sound science and objective risk assessments; promotes product performance and benefits; and advocates in the marketplace to address unwarranted de-selection.