Phthalates are found in baby milk (and in biscuits, parmesan cheese, gravy granules, chocolate cakes etc) because they are widespread in the environment and, now, in the food chain. Phthalates are produced almost entirely - 95 per cent according to the chemical industry - for use in PVC. Dioxins, also significant "gender benders" as well as suspected carcinogens, are also produced with PVC. Virtually all PVC can be replaced by PVC-free alternatives already in use. Stop producing and using PVC and 95 per cent of phthalates entering the environment can be stopped.
Obviously, removal of contaminants from baby milk is essential (letter, 29 May), but unfortunately this will not happen while PVC is still being produced.
SARAH J BURTON
Campaign Director, Greenpeace UK
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