From the Vancouver Sun:

The federal government is making good on a promise to ban a toxic chemical additive in soft plastic toys and other children’s products.

The new regulations, to be implemented in June, take aim at six phthalates, a family a chemicals known to cause reproductive harm and commonly used to make vinyl plastic soft and flexible. The additive will no longer be permitted to be used in a slew of items that are designed or are likely to be put in the mouths of children under four. These include bath toys, squeeze or inflatable toys, teethers, rattles and vinyl bibs.

Additionally, the use of three of the six phthalates, known as DEEP, DBP and BBP, will be restricted in all children’s toys and childcare items, even if designed for and used by older kids.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who is slated to make the official announcement Tuesday, is taking the step after Health Canada’s own market survey in 2008 found the widespread presence of phthalates in soft plastic toys and other items for young children to help with feeding, sleeping or relaxation and made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Health Canada found the widespread presence of phthalates in these children’s items, despite a decade-long voluntary ban in North America.

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