DBP (dibutyl phthalate) is often used as a plasticizer. Also, it is used as a printing ink or adhesive additive. It dissolves into some natural solvents, like ether, benzene and alcohol. It can be used as an antiparasitic drug as well.
DBP gets absorbed via the skin. Sometimes, it helps other chemicals to generate genetic mutations, however it is not known as a mutagen itself. Clinical tests have indicated that DBP causes lower sperm counts, alterations to the prostate and testes, and developmental defects.
The European Union (EU) categorizes DBP as a potential endocrine disruptor, due to evidence suggesting that it hinders the function of hormones. The EU also emphasizes how DBP can impair fertility and harm unborn children. Furthermore, Health Canada points to data indicating that exposure to DBP can cause health problems, like kidney and liver failure in toddlers, when products containing it are chewed or sucked for lengthy periods.