Plastics and health risks.

  title={Plastics and health risks.},
  author={Rolf U. Halden},
  journal={Annual review of public health},
  • R. Halden
  • Published 17 March 2010
  • Materials Science
  • Annual review of public health
By 2010, the worldwide annual production of plastics will surpass 300 million tons. Plastics are indispensable materials in modern society, and many products manufactured from plastics are a boon to public health (e.g., disposable syringes, intravenous bags). However, plastics also pose health risks. Of principal concern are endocrine-disrupting properties, as triggered for example by bisphenol A and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). Opinions on the safety of plastics vary widely, and despite… 

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