Gallery: Study Finds Ants Are Contaminated With Phthalates, a Widesprea...

 

Chemical compounds known as phthalates are used as plasticizers and softeners in products ranging from vinyl to cosmetics. They’re suspected of being endocrine disrupters (substances that interfere with the way hormones work), and the CDC has cautioned against the widespread use of the chemicals until more research can be done. Lab testing has shown that pretty much every human has some level of phthalate contamination, and a new study shows that even the smallest creatures are exposed to the substance. A report in the Science of the Total Environment by entomologist Dr. Alain Lenoir has shown that all of the insects in his study were contaminated with the compound.

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