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What are Phthalates?


Question: What are Phthalates?
Answer: Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid. They are oily, color-free, odorless, non evaporating compounds used in a wide variety of industrial processes. There are many forms of phthalates, differing in their chemical structure.

We commonly encounter phthalates in baby products like shampoos, lotions etc., as well as in medicines, nail polish, perfumes, toys and other consumer goods. One of the uses of phthalates is to make vinyl, PVC and plastic more flexible.

Phthalates are found in many children's toys. They are used to make toys like rubber ducks, dolls, balls etc., more flexible.

As of February 10, 2009, the new CPSIA law is coming into effect which bans the sale of toys and children's products containing phthlates.

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