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Diethyl phthalate

Fort Bend County MUD 25

Diethyl phthalate is an additive used in many consumer products, particularly those containing fragrance. As a group, phthalates are associated with hormone disruption. Read More.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that are added to hard plastics to make them soft and malleable. Phthalates can be found in everyday consumer products such as carpets, paints, glues, wall coverings, tablecloths, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses, toys, shoes, automobile upholstery, food packaging and medical products. Exposure to phthalates has been linked to respiratory health problems, asthma and allergies in infants and children, and changes in reproductive system development in baby boys. The National Toxicology Program classifies a commonly used phthalate, called di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

 

8

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-20AB84565ND
2012-03-20AB84563ND
2013-02-28AC12006ND
2013-05-09AC19165ND
2015-02-04AC79330ND
2015-06-02AC94247ND
2016-01-19AD18751ND
2016-01-19AD18750ND