Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate

Consumer Advisory

– Certain foods and beverages imported from Taiwan may contain Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate (DEHP)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public about the possibility of Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate (DEHP) being added to certain foods and beverages imported from Taiwan.


Avis aux consommateurs – Présence possible de di(2-ethylhexyl) phtalate (DEHP) dans certains aliments et boissons importés de Taïwan

L’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) avise la population de l’ajout possible de di(2-ethylhexyl) phtalate (DEHP) à certains aliments et boissons importés de Taïwan.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issues public advisories and email notifications for food recalls for all high-risk food recalls (mainly Class I) when the product is available for sale or could be in consumers’ homes.

All other recalls (Class II and III), and food products that are sold exclusively to restaurants, are posted on the CFIA’s Food Recall Report. Email notifications are also available for all allergen recalls.

Food and consumer product recalls are also available at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.


Phthalates: Toxicology and exposure

phthalates are high-volume industrial chemicals commonly used as a plasticizer in various applications. They have adverse effects on the liver, kidneys, and mainly the reproductive system, and act as endocrine disrupting agents. Meanwhile, phthalates can be found in all environmental media, and exposure can take place via multiple routes. Overall, dietary intake is the dominated exposure route for most of these substances, particularly for DEHP. The most important policy-relevant question is the recent exposure during infancy and childhood and other critical times of development such as pregnancy. These data are urgently needed for a valid risk assessment.


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