Phthalate metabolites in Taiwanese women and children
A tracking study of 387 people that was begun in May, 2013, by the National Environmental Medicine Research Institute of the National Health Academy of Taiwan studied the concentrations of phthalate metabolites in the urine of the subjects. Eleven types of phthalate metabolites were analyzed. The analysis shows that the concentration of mono(2-ethyl-5-hydroxy hexyl) phthalate (MEHHP) in adult women on Taiwan surpassed the concentration of the same in adult men. Women 18 to 40 years old, i.e., adult child bearing aged women, show an elevated exposure to mono-ethyl phthalate (MEP) in their urine.
The concentrate of phthalate metabolites in children younger than 18 years old is much higher than that in adults.
On Taiwan, 73% of adults use plastic film and plastic bags and containers to store food.
The concentration of phthalate metabolites in Taiwanese women is higher than that in Taiwanese men, and further studies are needed to confirm whether it is the result of women having more contract with plastic film and plastic containers in handling food than men and because of women’s heavy cosmetics use.