Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hoe veilig is plastiek

...voor uw kinderen ?
We schreven het al eerder (lees: Te nemen of ftalaten ), en nu gaan ze in Amerika
ook nog 's een onderzoek doen. Niet dat het niet veilig is...maar blijkbaar kunnen ze niet anders.

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators should examine whether a controversial class of chemicals found in many plastic products including children's toys can hurt people, a panel of experts said on Thursday.

A panel of the independent National Research Council said the scientific evidence justifies an Environmental Protection Agency assessment of the health effects from cumulative exposure to chemicals known as phthalates.

Phthalates, which make plastic products soft and flexible, have been used commercially for decades. They are different from another chemical, bisphenol A, or BPA, found in plastic products including baby bottles that has also come under health scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration says BPA is safe at current levels of exposure but plans more research.

Animal studies cited by the panel indicated that exposure to phthalates affected male reproductive system development. Some phthalates reduce levels of the male hormone testosterone. Studies also link phthalates to liver cancer, the panel said.

If the EPA does an assessment, it could lead to new regulations on products with phthalates, the panel said.

Lees het hele artikel op Reuters

En zo kunnen we deze foto nog 's gebruiken :-)

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