Call for global overhaul of industrial chemical regulations
Published 15 Feb 2014
London: In a Review published in The Lancet Neurology today, two of the world’s leading experts on the link between environment and children’s health sound the alarm on the dangers of industrial chemicals. They call on countries to transform their chemical risk-assessment procedures in order to protect children from everyday toxins that may be causing a global “silent epidemic” of brain development disorders.
Lynn Ladbrook, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer UK, said: “Breast Cancer UK fully agrees that current chemical regulations are “woefully inadequate”. They not only fail to safeguard children’s brain development, but evidence suggests that children exposed to certain toxic chemicals are also vulnerable to an increased risk of developing breast cancers and other diseases later in life.
“We support today’s call for a more robust prevention strategy to protect public health from chemicals of concern and for a legal requirement for manufacturers to prove that all existing industrial chemicals and all new chemicals are non-toxic before they enter the marketplace,” she added.