Park said parents should understand that phthalates are virtually everywhere -- in food, water, plastic bags and packaging wraps, cosmetics, lotions, shampoo and toys. Pregnant women, premature infants and young children may be particularly sensitive to the chemical, she said. "Putting hot water or hot food into a plastic container may be dangerous," she added.
Johanna Congleton, senior scientist and toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., recommends avoiding exposure to phthalates. "It's a good precautionary measure, and consumer product manufacturers should phase out the use of such compounds," she said.
Research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
For more on phthalates, go to the Environmental Working Group.
SOURCES: Mi-Jung Park, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist and professor, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; Johanna Congleton, senior scientist and toxicologist, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.; June 23, 2012, presentation, Endocrine Society annual meeting, Houston
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