Why the U.S. Doesn’t Crack Down on These Cancer-Causing Toxic Chemicals

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1. INTRODUCTION

The United States permits more than 84,000 chemicals to be used in household products, cosmetics, food, and food packaging, and a majority of these have never been tested for safety.

More than 10,000 chemical additives with questionable safety — as most have never been tested in humans — are allowed in food and food packaging alone. Roughly 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, of which only 10 percent have been evaluated for safety.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 85 percent of new chemical applications include no testing whatsoever.

Scientific evidence strongly suggest that exposure to chemicals is contributing to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, early puberty,1,2,3 and a host of other endocrine, neurological, and metabolic problems.

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