In a press release published on January 15, 2020, retailer IKEA announced that it is recalling a set of travel mugs for migration of dibutyl phthalate (DBP; CAS 84-74-2) that may exceed “prescribed limits.” The company said that it “has since many years decided to prohibit all use of phthalates in food contact products and therefore stopped sales of the travel mug during investigation.”

Recent testing confirmed the presence of DBP in the mugs. Sold under the model name “Troligtvis,” the travel mugs have been on store shelves since August 2019, and those affected are specifically marked as having been made in India. News provider Channel News Asia reports that all IKEA markets are affected by the recall with the exception of the U.S., Canada, and the Dominican Republic. The company is offering full refunds to customers, and no proof of purchase is required.

In December 2019, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an updated risk assessment of five phthalates, including DBP (FPF reported).

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IKEA (January 15, 2020). “IKEA is recalling TROLIGTVIS travel mug due to non-compliance with IKEA requirements.”

Chanel News Asia (January 14, 2020). “IKEA recalls travel mugs due to chemical concerns.”

Leigh Stringer (January 22, 2020). “Ikea recalls travel mug after ‘inconsistent tests’ find phthalate DBP.” Chemical Watch