No cause for alarm over baby milk, says EU

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1438

The scare over phthalates (chemicals that have oestrogenic activity) discovered in nine unnamed brands of baby milk in Britain now seems resolved after Britain's EU partners studied the results of the Ministry of Agriculture's tests and decided there was no cause for alarm.

Although the exact concentrations of phthalates found have not been disclosed, they did not breach the European daily limit of 25 mg per kilogram. Of 15 brands tested by the ministry, however, all contained some phthalates and nine showed concentrations similar to those that have been found …

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