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Article Title

Investigation on risk of phthalate ester in drinking water and marketed foods

Abstract

The concentration of dibutyl phthalate and dioctyl phthalate in Taiwan's drinking water and several marketed foods were analyzed. The samples examined included 5 water sources, 3 vegetables, 4 fish and 3 meat products. While, the residue of dibutyl phthalate was found only in underground water samples, the residue of dioctyl phthalate was found in most tested food samples. The dioctyl phthalate content of fish samples was higher than that of vegetables followed by meat products. The results show that samples of Taiwan drinking water and food are contaminated with dioctyl phthalate and/or dibutyl phthalate. The contamination pathway may result from the disposal of the materials containing dibutyl phthalate and/or dioctyl phthalate leaching into soil and ground water and may reflect a potentially larger scale of environmental contamination.

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