Thanks for the CDC link. I do want to point out another passage from the article:
"How Phthalates Affect People's Health
Human health effects from exposure to low levels of phthalates are unknown. Some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to phthalates."
As you very reasonably stated, YMMV when it comes to such things. I'm of the school of thought that while I don't freak out over every possible toxic substance to the point of locking myself in my house, I do figure that if the effects of a given substance are unknown, but there is evidence of ill effects in animal studies, and the substance is absorbed by exposure to the point of appreciable detectability in urine, I'll avoid the substance to the extent that it is practical to do so. In other words, I live my life and accept reasonable risk but don't seek out unnecessary risk.
Just another opinion.
WTG?? WTG????? THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!