CIA "clears" chemicals of endocrine effects

The chemical industry has rejected calls for precautionary action on endocrine-disrupting substances. In a document which it believes clears key products of damaging human health and wildlife, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) told the Environment Agency in May that there is "no evidence of a causal link" between industrial chemicals and endocrine effects, and that preventative action cannot be "effectively targeted".

Potential oestrogenic or other hormone-mimicking effects of environmental chemicals have become a major concern in recent years. Firm scientfic evidence of effects exists in only a few instances. But in January, the Environment Agency urged industry to take precautionary action to limit environmental exposure to suspect compounds (ENDS Report 276, p 17-20 

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