Chemicals banned in plastic toys

SIX MEMBERS of the phthalates toxic chemical additive family will be banned as of June from being used in certain children’s toys.

  • Jan. 25, 2011 2:00 p.m.

SIX MEMBERS of the phthalates toxic chemical additive family will be banned as of June from being used in certain children’s toys.

They’re used because they make plastic softer but they are also known to cause reproductive harm.

Canada is late to the idea of banning the additive; countries in Europe restricted the quantity of allowable phthalate concentrates a decade ago.

Skeena – Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen introduced a private member’s bill to ban their use back in 2006.

He said last week he was happy the federal government was moving ahead with a ban.