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Congress takes aim at chemicals in kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

smilebabyNice to see some in Congress are moving forward with efforts to force chemical companies to test for safety before their products wind up in babies. Just a couple of years back EWG tested the umbilical cord blood of ten unborn babies and found an average of 287 industrial chemicals. Why?

Under current law known as the Toxic Substances Control Act, unchanged since 1976, most new chemicals are approved with little or no safety testing, and more than 62,000 existing chemicals have remained on the market for three decades despite evidence that some pose serious health risks. The Kid Safe Chemicals Act introduced yesterday would place the burden of proof on the chemical industry to show that chemicals are safe for children before they are added to consumer products.