American Chemistry Council responds to Health Canada's proposed phthalates restrictions

    ARLINGTON, VA, June 19 /CNW/ - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today
responded to Health Canada's proposed restrictions on the use of phthalates in
children's products.
    ACC Vice President of Products Divisions, Sharon Kneiss, issued the
following statement:
    "ACC is committed to working with Health Canada and stands ready, willing
and able to demonstrate the sound science behind phthalates. We urge the
agency to review the strong body of scientific evidence and to consider
carefully the real risks to children in addressing potential restrictions.
    "There is no scientific basis to believe that Health Canada's decision to
restrict certain phthalates in children's products will improve public health
or meet the stated objective of protecting the health and safety of Canadian
children. Phthalates have a long history of safe use and have been extensively
reviewed by governments around the world. Because phthalates neither migrate
out of products easily, nor build up in the body, research has not
demonstrated adverse effects to humans from phthalates at typical exposure
levels. In fact, phthalates begin to break down within minutes and are quickly
metabolized. Importantly, based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention studies, average phthalates exposure levels are far below those set
by the government to be protective of human health."

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies
engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of
chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives
better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental,
health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R), common sense
advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and
environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a
$689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one
of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every
dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in
research and development. Safety and security have always been primary
concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working
closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any
threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

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