Health Canada continues:
California banned phthalates in 2007. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 limited phthalates to 0.1 percent in the United States. Prior to this there was a voluntary limit of 3% in pacifiers and teethers that began in 1986. The European Union has had similar restrictions (o.1 percent) since 1999. Since 1998, Canada has relied on a voluntary restriction on phthalate usage in products designed for teething; however, the chemical’s presence was still prevalent in children’s products. Once again, we are reminded that government restrictions are often needed to protect consumers when voluntary limits fail.
Probably the most famous and popular toy to contain phthalates is the rubber ducky . My daughter had one, and yes, it ended up in her mouth. You can get a safe rubber ducky ( Dano Rubber Duck- Made in USA – BPA Free – Phthalate Free- Blue ), but at this point, I just don’t trust any plastics.
What plastic chemical will they find next?