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NTP-CERHR Announces the Final Meeting of the Phthalate Panal



Title: NTP-CERHR Announces the Final Meeting of the Phthalate Panal
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For those of you that do not know what Phthalates are, they are a group of chemicals that are added to a variety of plastics to make them softer, flexible, squeezable.

The most commonly used Phthalate is di-2-ethyl-hexyl phthalate (DEHP) which accounts for approximately 50% of all phthalate production.  Some phthalates, including DEHP, are known hormone disrupters, others are suspected hormone disrupters.  

These chemicals leach out of the containers into whatever they are containing and then ingested.  

How much is too much/unsafe for consumption over what period of time?  No one really knows.

Phthalate esters are one of the most common industrial chemicals in the environment and their tendency to bioacculmulate in animal fat is well know.  (Esters are any class of organic compounds corresponding to the inorganic salts formed from an acid by the replacement of hydrogen by an alkyl radical.) -Stephanie

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>http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov/news/pr4_4_00.html
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>NTP-CERHR Announces the Final Meeting of the Phthalate Expert Panel
>
>July 12-13, 2000
>
>The NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR)
>will hold the third and final meeting of an Expert Panel to evaluate seven
>phthalate esters July 12-13, 2000 at the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S.
>Orme St (Columbia Pike and Washington Boulevard) Arlington, VA 22204. The
>meeting will convene 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 12 and will end at
>approximately 4 p.m. on July 13.
>
>The phthalate esters being evaluated are: butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP),
>di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), di-isononyl
>phthalate (DINP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP),
>and di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP).
>
>The Phthalate Panel Members are:
>
>Robert Kavlock, PhD (Chair) EPA/ORD
>Kim Boekelheide, MD, PhD, Brown University*
>Robert Chapin, PhD, NIEHS
>Michael Cunningham, PhD, NIEHS*
>Elaine Faustman, PhD, University of Washington
>Paul Foster, PhD, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology
>Mari Golub, PhD, Cal/EPA
>Rogene Henderson, PhD, Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute
>Irwin Hinberg, PhD, Health Canada
>Ruth Little, ScD, NIEHS
>Jennifer Seed, PhD, EPA/OPPT
>Katherine Shea, MD, University of North Carolina
>Sonia Tabacova, MD, PhD, FDA
>Rochelle Tyl, PhD, Research Triangle Institute
>Paige Williams, PhD, Harvard University
>Timothy Zacharewski, PhD, Michigan State University
>
>*Unable to attend final phthalate panel meeting.
>
>A meeting agenda and additional information will be available in the near
>future on the CERHR website (http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov), the NTP website
>(http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov), and in the Federal Register. This review
>will be open to the public and time will be available for public comment.
>For registration and additional information, please contact: Ms. Peggy
>Sheren, CERHR, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-2808,
>Phone: (703) 838-9440, email: psheren@sciences.com

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