Government regulators approved a rule banning eight phthalates in toys and other children’s products Oct. 18 due to concerns that they negatively affect human health, including male reproductive development.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission rule includes the chemical diisononyl phthalate (DINP) among the phthalates that must not appear in concentrations greater than 0.1 percent. DINP was the focus of significant lobbying, particularly by DINP maker Exxon Mobil Corp., some commissioners said at the decisional meeting.
The panel passed the final rule by a 3–2 vote along party lines. Democrats are currently a majority on the commission.
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