iPhone contains harmful components, Greenpeace says

Cliff Saran

An independent scientific laboratory, commissioned by Greenpeace, has found that the iPhone contains toxic chemicals that could interfere with sexual development in mammals.

The lab tested 18 internal and external components of the iPhone and confirmed the presence of brominated compounds and toxic phthalate esters.

David Santillo, senior scientist at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, said, "Two of the phthalate plasticisers found at high levels in the headphone cable are classified as "toxic to reproduction, category 2" because of their long-recognised ability to interfere with sexual development in mammals. While they are not prohibited in mobile phones, these phthalates are banned from use in all toys or childcare articles sold in Europe. Apple should eliminate the use of these chemicals from its product range.

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