DEHP and Your Health

On March 1, 1987, after a popular voter initiative was approved, the state of California created a comprehensive list of “Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity.”

The following criteria determine whether or not a chemical is listed as harmful to humans:

  • if a chemical has been clearly shown through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause cancer or reproductive harm
  • if a body considered to be authoritative by such experts has formally identified it as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity
  • if it has been labeled by a California agency or the USA federal government as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity

DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate) is listed as a known chemical to cause cancer and toxicity in males.

More information on DEHP

Prop 65 News
News and details about California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known by its original name, Proposition 65

“Are plastics safe?; Some chemicals may affect the reproductive system, growing research suggests.”
Elena Conis, Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2007
see the article

“Hazards: PVC & DEHP”
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, Washington State