Benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP)

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Benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP), also abbreviated as BBP, is one of a group of chemicals known as phthalates. It is used as a solvent and in adhesives, vinyl tile, sealants, car care products, and, to a lesser extent, in some personal care products.[1] When exposed to BzBP, humans excrete mono-benzyl phthalate (MBzP) and small amounts of mono-n-butyl phthalate in their urine.[2] According to the CDC, "High dose BzBP and its monoester metabolites, including MBzP, can produce developmental and reproductive toxicity in rodents, particularly male animals."[3] BzBP was banned in toys and "child care articles" by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.[4]

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  1. Centers for Disease Control, Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Accessed August 5, 2010
  2. Centers for Disease Control, Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Accessed August 5, 2010
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Accessed August 5, 2010
  4. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Govtrack.us, Accessed August 14, 2010.

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