Australian agency clears DINP in toys

Mike Verespej

Published: September 26, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Materials, Suppliers

WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. ET) — The Australian agency that assesses risk from industrial chemicals says there is no indication from the data it has reviewed that suggests there should be a health concern from the use of the phthalate DINP in toys and child care products.

“Current risk estimates do not indicate a health concern from exposure of children to DINP in toys and child care articles even at the highest (reasonable worst-case) exposure scenario considered,” said the Australian government’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme in its assessment of diisononyl phthalate, which was issued in September. “No recommendations to public health risk management for the use of DINP in toys and child care articles are required based on the findings of this assessment.”

The issue of whether DINP can be used in the United States long-term is still unresolved, as there currently is a temporary U.S. ban on DINP in toys and child care products.

DINP was the phthalate that had been most commonly used as a plasticizer to soften the vinyl used in children’s toys until the temporary ban was enacted four years ago.

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has yet to decide whether to lift or keep that ban — a decision that the agency was supposed to have made last August. CPSC said it is waiting for the Chronic Health Advisory Panel to complete its review of DINP and two other phthalates that were given temporary bans.

The current law permanently bans the sale of toys intended for children 12 or younger, or child-care articles for children 3 and under, when they contain more than 0.1 percent of any of three types of phthalates: di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, dibutyl phthalate and butyl benzyl phthalate.

The law also placed a temporary ban on any toy or child-care article that contains more than 0.1 percent of three other phthalates — DINP, diisodecyl phthalate and di-n-octyl phthalate.

Child-care articles are defined as products intended to facilitate sleep or the feeding of children three or younger, or to help them with sucking or teething. The ban only applies to items smaller than five centimeters that can be placed in a child’s mouth, and or items that have parts that are smaller than five centimeters.

The six phthalates in question have been banned in the European Union since 1999 and also have been banned in Argentina, Japan, Israel and Mexico. The EU ban is narrower than the one in the U.S. as it is restricted to mouthing toys that are about two inches or less on each side.

Most major U.S. retailers stopped carrying toys and child-care products that contain phthalates in 2009.


Comments

Australian agency clears DINP in toys

Mike Verespej

Published: September 26, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Sony entering recycled PC market

August 27, 2014 11:08 am ET

Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. is getting into a sideline of selling recycled resins.    More

Image

PolyOne expands special effects offerings for PET

August 27, 2014 11:03 am ET

PolyOne Corp. has added a new line of shimmer and frost-effect colorants to its InVisio line of color services and solutions.    More

Image

Scott & Fyfe launches fire-resistant mat for rail cars

August 27, 2014 10:56 am ET

Scott & Fyfe Ltd. has added an exceptionally fire-resistant chopped glass mat to its Polymat reinforcement product line.    More

Beckhoff Automation increases sales, expands headquarters plant

August 27, 2014 10:53 am ET

Beckhoff Automation GmbH of Verl, Germany, generated global sales of 435 million euros ($575 million) in 2013, an increase of 7 percent.    More

Packaging maker Sinea expands into recycled PET sheet with Gneuss

August 27, 2014 10:50 am ET

Multinational plastic packaging manufacturer Sinea, a unit of the Spanish IG Group with a strong presence in caps for soft drinks and polypropylene in...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events