FDA Denies Petition to Ban All Phthalates in Food Packaging
The chemicals have been linked to numerous health problems, but the agency says it needs more information
The Food and Drug Administration this week rejected two petitions from a group of public health, food safety, and environmental organizations urging the agency to disallow the use of phthalates in food packaging and processing materials.
Commonly used to make plastic less rigid and more pliable, phthalates are known to leach out of those materials into foods and drinks that they touch, exposing consumers when they eat. Decades of scientific research has linked phthalate exposure to serious health problems in humans, including birth defects, infertility, endocrine system disruption, and an increased risk of learning, attention, and behavioral disorders in children.