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FDA denied petition on phthalates


Jul 21, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a petition requesting the agency to reconsider its denial of a citizen petition issued on May 19, 2022. The citizen petition had requested a ban on the use of eight ortho-phthalates and revocation of the prior sanctioned uses for five ortho-phthalates in food based on alleged safety concerns.

Ortho-phthalates, often referred to as “phthalates,” are chemicals used in plastic products (most commonly in the specific type of plastic named polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl) to make the material soft and less brittle.

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