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Softeners in urine: “It’s a crime thriller”

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Softeners in urine: “It’s a crime thriller”

A dangerous plasticizer has appeared in urine samples. Detective work now follows for toxicologists. Is it because of sunscreen? Or toys? That’s what an expert says.

Loudspeaker Listen to article Frozen urine samples are in a laboratory at the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection in North Rhine-Westphalia (left). Traces of the plasticizer di-n-hexyl phthalate were detected in samples from numerous small children from North Rhine-Westphalia. © [M] TIME ONLINE; Bernd Thissen/​dpa; Anna Bizon/​Getty Images

The use of di-n-hexyl phthalate is very strictly regulated in Europe and is therefore essentially prohibited. The plasticizer is considered harmful to health and can probably damage fertility. A breakdown product of the substance has now been detected in urine samples from daycare children in North Rhine-Westphalia and also in adults throughout Germany. How can that be? Marike Kolossa-Gehring is a toxicologist at the Federal Environment Agency and plays a leading role in the investigation.

TIME ONLINE: Ms. Kolossa-Gehring, how is it possible that traces of a substance whose use is largely banned can be found in the urine of children and adults?

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