DINP (Diisononyl phthalate) is a phthalate plasticizer used to manufacture many vinyl (PVC) gloves, in order to make them pliable.
DINP has been added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer” - manufacturers selling vinyl gloves containing DINP in California are required to put a warning on the vinyl gloves packaging stating that “this product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
Why should you care?
Any product exposure to DINP after December 20, 2014 must be preceded by a clear and reasonable warning or the manufacturer, distributor or retailer risks being in violation of Prop 65.
This exposure extends along the entire distribution chain, with the retailer, distributor, importer and manufacturer all being subject to possible penalties.
If vinyl gloves at your food handling facility are not Proposition 65 compliant, the food products they are in contact with are potentially exposed to DINP. You must provide a clear and reasonable warning to your customers of their product exposure to DINP - otherwise you risk being in violation of Prop 65.
Could it get any worse?
In addition to DIHP and it’s implications to your business, DEHP is the most common plasticizer used in cheaper PVC gloves, currently under much scrutiny for its toxicity.
Bisphenol (BPA) and Benzisothiazolinone, also used in the manufacture of cheap vinyl gloves, is known to cause allergic reactions and dermatitis with prolonged use.
View this Vinyl glove infographic for more vinyl glove information.
Eagle Protect vinyl gloves are compliant with Proposition 65 requirements in the State of California.
What are the alternatives?
Due to recent advances in the formulation and manufacturing of nitrile gloves, they are becoming the more popular and cost effective choice of disposable glove with food processors.