By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

(CNN)Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR.

Project TENDR, which stands for Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks, is a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child advocates working to study and reduce children’s exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and pollutants.”

What we want to accomplish is to move the public health community, including regulators, toward this goal of elimination of phthalates,” said lead author Stephanie Engel.

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