Phthalates (pronounced “thallets”) are found in plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics, insecticides, and even baby care products. They have been linked to asthma, birth defects, and cancer. Some medications are coated in a type of phthalate known as di-n-butyl-phthalate. They recommend storing food in glass containers. It’s why Premier Group International (www.pregrp.com) makes “safe” plastic food storage products.