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General chemical structure of phthalates. (R and R' are general placeholders).

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The Good Environmental Steward
Although the particular phthalate found - DEP - is not a suspected carcinogen or endocrine disrupter, other phthalates have been found to be probable or possible health hazards.
EarthTalk: What containers can I use for safe freezer storage?
As to the leaking of unsafe constituent chemicals (BPA, phthalates, etc.) from certain plastics into foods, freezing is generally less of a threat than heating, but it is better to avoid plastics known to be problematic anyway just to be safe.
New state law requires chemical data on certain children's products
The list includes formaldehyde, bisphenol A and phthalates, or plasticizers commonly found in consumer products. Department of Ecology officials say the rule is the first step in making children's products safer.
Before you diet, love your body
Phthalates?
'How I Got Healthier -- And Stayed That Way'
Researchers have learned that phthalates, which are in all kinds of soaps, shampoos, lotions, creams, cosmetics, etc. are absorbed through the skin into the body and disrupt the body's natural weight control system. ...s

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Phthalate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
General chemical structure of phthalates. (R and R' are general placeholders).
Our Stolen Future: What are phthalates and why are there health
Nov 6, 2006 Phthalates crept into widespread use over the last several decades because of their many beneficial chemical properties.
Phthalates - How to Avoid Phthalates in 3 Steps - The Daily Green
Feb 4, 2008 How to avoid products that contain phthalates, which may disrupt the normal workings of the endocrine (hormone) system.
Phthalates | Environmental Working Group
Phthalates: Are They Safe? - CBS News
May 23, 2010 60 Minutes on CBS News: Phthalates: Are They Safe? - Chemicals Are Found in Soft Plastic Products We Use Every Day.

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