August 20, 2014
Democratic Representatives, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), urging both agencies to take immediate action on the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) Report on Phthalates and Phthalate Alternatives to ensure necessary protection for human health.
The July 18, 2014 CHAP report concluded that food, beverages, and drugs via direct ingestion, and not children’s toys and their personal care products, constituted the highest phthalate exposures to all subpopulations, with the highest exposure being dependent upon the phthalate and the products that contain it.
The report also found that DINP had the maximum potential for exposure for infants, toddlers, and older children, primarily from food but also from mouthing teethers and toys, and from dermal contact with child care articles and home furnishings.
The CPSC has 180 days from the release of the CHAP Report to evaluate the findings and promulgate a rule based on the report.