Friday, February 18, 2011

EU Bans Chemicals

This interesting headline caught my eye this morning: EU Bans Penis-Shrinking chemical; America Does Not. In a not so sensational story, Reuters reports that by 2014:
Unless they obtain specific exemptions, companies will not be able to sell items containing phthalates known as DEHP, BBP and DBP, the fragrance Musk Xylene, flame-retardant HBCDD, or the epoxy resin-hardener MDA.
The list looks like a recipe for alphabet soup. These chemicals are found in many household plastics (sex toys, drinking cups etc.) As to the penis-shrinking:
DEHP is associated with smaller penis size, incomplete descent of testes, and a shorter, less typically masculine distance between the anus and genitals in baby boys whose mothers showed increased levels of the stuff.
Now if only the rest of the world would ban them.

photo (cc) via Flickr user Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

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