Phthalate Ester

Phthalates are a group of diesters of ortho-phthalic acid (dialkyl or alkyl aryl esters of 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid). Higher-molecular-weight phthalates, such as di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), are primarily used as plasticizers to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products, while the lower-molecular-weight phthalates, such as diethyl phthalate (DEP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), are widely used as solvents to hold color and scent in various consumer and personal care products.

Phthalates have become ubiquitous environmental contaminants due to volatilization and leaching from their widespread applications, and thus contamination of the environment has become another important source for phthalates in foods in addition to migration from packaging materials. The illegal use of the plasticizer DEHP in clouding agents has been reported. Recent controversy over the discovery of contaminated clouding agents in beverages was ratcheted up a notch after an anonymous manufacturers said that the use of illegal food additives in place of palm oil to extend the shelf life of clouding agents was a practice that began two decades ago.

Bio Synergy Laboratories, with the technical team and high resolution instruments, have the capability to test for DEHP and others metabolites (DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP & DNOP) . For more information, kindly contact Bio Synergy Laboratories.

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