PerkinElmer detects hazards in toys

December 21, 2009

LCGC Europe eNews

LCGC Europe eNews-12-21-2009, Volume 0, Issue 0

PerkinElmer has announced the development of phthalate detection solutions in response to growing concern over hazardous content in plastics.

PerkinElmer has announced the development of phthalate detection solutions in response to growing concern over hazardous content in plastics.

Interest in the amounts of plasticizers children can be exposed to has grown after a recent study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Plasticizers are added to plastics to increase their flexibility and are often found in small amounts in toys and other children’s products such as plates, cups, mattress liners and nappies. The study highlighted the dangers beyond the current safety testing regulations as plasticizers are also used in a range of other products including clothes, jewellery and shoes.

According to the company, its GC–MS products provide detection levels for plasticizers, such as phthalate, that is lower than those required in current EU regulations. These systems are part of a consumer product testing portfolio available within the company’s EcoAnalytix solutions that the company claims will help manufacturers assure the safety of their plastic products.

“We are committed to developing and enhancing our analytical solutions to help ensure the safety of consumers” said Dusty Tenney, president, Analytical Sciences and Laboratory Services, PerkinElmer, in a statement. “Our advanced detection capabilities help safeguard consumers against the hidden dangers of chemicals such as phthalates.”

For more information on the company visit www.perkinelmer.com

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