October 23, 2007
The Nation on Phthalates in Toys
The current issue of The Nation has a story about the regulatory status of phthalates in toys in the United States, noting that, based on "a mounting body of scientific evidence suggests that phthalates impede the production of testosterone and disrupt the sexual development of infant boys," they have been banned in European toys. It presents a growing but incomplete set of indicators that there may be a danger of the material (which helps provide flexibility), and shows an instance of the question of when it makes sense for a regulatory body to act -- when there's a pretty strong hint, or instead when the data are definitive.
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