Each year approximately 2000 new chemicals are registered for use in everyday items including food, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners and lawn care products. Since WWII over 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been registered with the US EPA (TSCA). The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 grandfathered 65,000 chemicals already in use – no testing required. No basic toxicology information is available for 43% of HPV chemicals and full information is only available for 7%.
Every year roughly 3000 synthetic chemicals are manufactured in “high production volume” (HPV ≥ 1 million pounds of chemical produced or imported into the US every year). What typically happens is that chemical companies will develop a new product, see that it has useful properties, put it into consumer goods, and disseminate it very widely in the marketplace. Typically 10-20 years or more later, scientists begin to realize that this chemical is toxic.
There is no single regulatory agency that oversees industrial chemicals to ensure their safety. These chemicals are presumed safe until proven hazardous, even though they may have physiological effects that are almost identical to drugs (which are assumed toxic and must be proven safe) and are often manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Any toxicity testing that is done typically involves individual compounds in highly controlled settings and almost never investigates effects of complex mixtures of chemicals. Very little post-release safety monitoring occurs. This is in complete opposition to how drugs are regulated by the FDA. Drugs are assumed to be toxic and must be proven safe before they can be marketed.
Unfortunately, our legislation remains well behind research and scientific evidence. In 2001 the Stockholm Convention adopted by 100 countries banned or severely restricted 12 of the most dangerous chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). This has still NOT been ratified by the USA. These chemicals persist in the environment and animal tissues for decades or more, accumulate over time and are hazardous to humans and wildlife. These chemicals are toxic to our immune system, liver, hormone producing glands, nervous system, and are carcinogenic.
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“We’ve been very careless in simply presuming that
chemicals are innocent until proven guilty.”
Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine