phthalates

Boxed mac and cheese is a source of comfort food, but it's also a source of toxic chemicals called phthalates, according to food safety advocates.

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is among the members of a coalition that had 30 cheese products tested, from sliced and shredded to 10 major brands of mac and cheese. 

Executive Director Mike Belliveau says phthalates were detected in all mac 'n cheese powders. "The phthalate levels in the mac and cheese were more than four times higher than any other cheese product."

For the first time, manufacturers who use hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates in their products have reported their use to the state of Maine. A new report released Thursday by the Environmental Health Strategy Center reveals that phthalates are in more household items than previously thought.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued a rule that would elevate certain kinds of household chemicals to priority status.

The rule elevates four phthalates  from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status in Maine, says George McDonald, Director of the Office of Sustainability at DEP.

"And adding these four phthalates provides a safer environment and safer products for children under the age of 12 to safely utilize," McDonald say.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho is signing off on a ruling to elevate certain kinds of household chemicals to priority status.

Aho's approval elevates four phthalates "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status in Maine. A spokesman says the Office of the Maine Attorney General now has 30 days to review the ruling, after which it will go to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Parents, health care professionals, fire fighters and lawmakers held a State House news conference today to criticize the way the Department of Environmental Protection has implemented the Maine Kid-Safe products law.

Jessica Graham, of Waterville, says the rules don't tell her about all the dangerous substances that are in various products.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislator wants to require the state to include products that threaten the health of pregnant women when it sets rules about potentially toxic products.

Rep. Sara Gideon, a Freeport Democrat, says her bill would tighten state laws about such products. She and a group of environmental and health advocates say the bill is needed because of the way the state handled a proposal to elevate four phthalates from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status under Maine rules.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Health and environmental groups in Maine are expressing concern about the state's proposed regulation of a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates.

PORTLAND, Maine - Environmental activists say they're disappointed that the state's proposed regulations of household chemicals focuses only on products targeting children younger than 12.

The proposal would elevate four phthalates  from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Environmental organizers say Maine regulators are reviewing more than 500 letters in support of new regulations about household chemicals.

The public comment period on new regulations of phthalates closed Monday. Organizers say Maine Department of Environmental Protection got the letters from residents and activists.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products.

A proposed change would elevate four phthalates from "high concern" to "priority chemical" status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state.

Aho has until Jan. 27 to make a ruling. A DEP spokesman says Aho will likely take all or most of that time because the issue is complex.

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Some salon owners in Maine say they want to know what's in some of the cosmetic products they use. They plan to deliver more than 400 letters today urging the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to require companies to report on whether any of four "phthalate" chemicals are in their products.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is set to end the public comment period on a citizens' petition to regulate phthalates in household products.

A proposed rule change would elevate four phthalates from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status under state regulations. That means manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state. Comments are due to the state by Sept. 29.