CPSC bans chemicals in children’s toys linked to reproductive damage

by John Chapman

The U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this week that it has reached an agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban five chemicals known as phthalates that have been linked to reproductive damage from use in children’s toys. The ban comes more than two years after the CPSC was ordered to remove phthalates from children’s toys by a federal judge.

Phthalates are a type of chemical that are commonly added to plastics in order to increase their flexibility, durability, and longevity. Phthalates are found in many soft plastic products, including vinyl flooring, food equipment and packaging, building materials, and children’s backpacks or lunch boxes, as well as some personal care products and fragrances.

Research has shown that phthalates can cause adverse effects on the male reproductive system, especially when young children are exposed to these chemicals. Exposure to phthalates may lead to infertility, decreased sperm count, undescended testicles, or a malformation of the penis.

In 2009, a law known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act banned three phthalates from use in children’s toys and placed an interim ban on three others. Under the law, the CPSC was supposed to convene an interim panel to decide whether to make this ban permanent. The advisory committee decided that four phthalates should be banned and that an interim ban should be kept in place on another chemical.

Although the CPSC was required by law to issue a permanent ban within 180 days of the advisory panel’s ruling, the agency waited more than two years before banning the five chemicals listed in the rule published this week. The five phthalate chemicals were only banned after the Natural Resources Defense Council – together with the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform and the Breast Cancer Fund – filed a complaint in New York federal court to force the CPSC to issue the ban as required under the law.

The five phthalates banned under the CPSC’s new rule for children’s toys include the chemicals diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). The CPSC’s previous rule had also banned the phthalates di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP).

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by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.