THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on The New York Times | Thur- Feb 5, 2009
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission may not let toys containing toxic manufacturing chemicals remain on store shelves after a ban takes effect next week, a judge ruled Thursday.
Manufacturers have said they would have to take products worth hundreds of millions of dollars off store shelves to comply, but consumer advocates called the ruling a victory for children’s health.
[...] phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics. They are commonly found in bath toys, books, teethers, bibs, dolls and plastic figures.
Phthalates can be absorbed through the mouth or skin, interfering with reproductive hormones.