Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) - ToxFAQs™ : CAS # 117-81-7
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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) - ToxFAQs™ : CAS # 117-81-7

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      This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). For more information, you may call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. This fact sheet is one in a series of summaries about hazardous substances and their health effects. This information is important because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present.

      Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is found in many plastics. Exposure to DEHP is generally very low. Increased exposures may come from intravenous fluids delivered through plastic tubing, and from ingesting contaminated foods or water. DEHP is not toxic at the low levels usually present in the environment. In animals, high levels of DEHP damaged the liver and kidney and affected the ability to reproduce. DEHP has been found in at least 733 of the 1,613 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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