Environmental Toxicology: Plastics

Publication: Research - peer-reviewEncyclopedia chapter – Annual report year: 2018

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Plastic is a general term for a diverse group of polymeric materials that are used in a plethora of products. They represent a major source of human exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, including phthalates, bisphenols and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). For humans, foods represent the main source of exposure, but common house dust can also be a significant source of exposure in small children.

Phthalates and bisphenol A can interfere with male reproductive development by inducing reproductive organ malformations and impaired sperm production. Also persistent halogenated chemicals may be intentionally or unintentionally present in plastics and migrate/leak to foods or the environment causing concern for male reproductive function.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Reproduction
EditorsMichael Skinner
Number of pages5
Volume1
PublisherAcademic Press
Publication date2018
Edition2
Pages619-623
ISBN (print)9780128118993
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StatePublished - 2018
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