Comparative exposure to DEHP from food contact materials: application of the product intake fraction

Alexi Ernstoff, Olivier Jolliet, Peter Fantke

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    Quantitative Sustainability Assessment Food contact materials (FCM), e.g. bottles and food handling gloves, can contain potentially endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate(DEHP, CAS: 117-81-7). To investigate the contribution of FCM to dietary DEHP exposure we apply the product intake fraction (PiF: g intake/g in product) – a metric accounting for human intake of chemical mass per unit of mass embodied within a product. PiF of ingestion of DEHP is estimated from empirical data for PET water bottles on the order of 1E-7 through 1E-5 and for food handling gloves from 1E-6 for rice and 1E-3 for radishes. The uncertainty is related to unknown information (chemical content in FCM), circumstances of use (e.g. food item), and any analytical uncertainty. Using PiF, maximum allowable concentrations of DEHP within water bottles and gloves were calculated with respect to regulatory thresholds. A hypothetical average PiF for the FCM sector was calculated via production volume and oral exposure doses estimated from NHANES data. In both cases the indication was gloves may contribute more to DEHP exposure when used with certain food items than bottled water. DEHP content in gloves greater than 5% would cause exceedance of US EPA threshold when used with certain food items,e.g. radishes based on PiF calculated here. The PiF used in thís context has applications for regulations related to FCM and exposure assessments on a per unit kilo basis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventSETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 3 May 20157 May 2015
    Conference number: 25


    ConferenceSETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting
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    Abstract for poster TH126


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