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CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta reported this week that Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ,  intends to reintroduce the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act as the major vehicle for toxic chemicals policy reform “within the next month or so.”

In a segment called Chemicals, innocent or guilty, Gupta, a physician and CNN’s chief medical correspondent,  said that Lautenberg’s aim is “changing the paradigm from innocent until proven guilty to guilty until proven innocent, in the sense that [a chemical] has to be tested before it can actually come to market.”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta - CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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“Pesticides are already treated that way,” Gupta said.  “Pharmaceuticals, already treated that way.  And at least with respect to kids, they want to make sure that any new potential exposures out there are tested for health effects before they ever come to market.”

Gupta reported that Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, had told him the administration expected to support Lautenberg’s Kid-Safe bill.   Gupta, a physician, said that although the chemical industry was engaging in “pushback,” that Lautenberg’s measure “seems to have some momentum, at least with regard to kids.”

Gupta plans an in-depth look at the dangers of environmental pollution in a documentary, Toxic Towns USA, to debut at 8 p.m. April 24, Earth Day.   The documentary focuses on the struggles of a Louisiana town surrounded by chemical plants and examines what many believe are outdated laws that make new chemicals ‘innocent until proven guilty.’”

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7 Responses to “CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act”

  1. Carol Waide says:

    I will help support this!!!

  2. Amy says:

    Three cheers for the precautionary principle – this has gone on far too long. Hopefully with the help of a few inspired politicians and the work of Dr. Gupta something will finally move with revamping TSCA.

  3. Jessica says:

    is the kid safe act asking for more animal testing?

  4. Wendy says:

    Thank you Dr. Gupta for taking on this vital issue to protect our babies and children. My deepest concern is for babies in utero to have a healthy womb.

    One specific area of concern is fragrances and scented products. No agency in the US regulates the thousands of chemicals that go into what is labeled “fragrance” in products. IT started with a “hand-off policy for the fragrance industry. What is means is that even if a product is deemed “safe” by any of the regulatory organizations in the US, they have excluded the multiple chemicals that make up the one ingredient named “fragrance.” Think of the multitude of products pregnant women use and are exposed to every day – 24/7. We breath them and we absorb them through our skin – it is like eating the worst junk food 24/7. The deodorizing fabric softeners are one of the worse and we breath it from sheets in bed to clothes during the day. I have talked to regulatory staff members who acknowledge it is a terrible gap in safety regulation.

    I hope laws will change and all the chemicals in “fragrance” and “scented” will be regulated and evaluated.

    Until then, please help us protect mothers and babies from this onslaught of unregulated chemicals in their daily life. Choose fragrance free and stop supporting products that deodorize with junk scents.

  5. Thankful says:

    We owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Lautenberg, Sanjay Gupta and EWG! Chemical contamination is much more insidious than people know. I wish Sanjay had included in his report that newborns are polluted with untested chemicals. That speaks volumes no politician or chemical company can deny, and what better eye-opener for people to make wiser choices in products we buy.

  6. CSea Perkins says:

    Agreed. Since the Boomers had grown up with toxins and those that are still alive are not listening; this will help.

    Even an old dog can learn new tricks.., Dr. Gupta is giving ample reason for everyone to listen and control their environment with fewer toxic chemicals.

    Less is More. Fewer toxins = increased health.

    Grateful to participate.

  7. JB Royal says:


    How on earth did you let Dr. Gupta get away with the lie that, “Pesticides are already treated that way.” Implying that pesticides are tested before coming to market. That is a CRUEL JOKE. Why on earth is the EPA testing 67 potential endocrine disrupting chemicals if this is true. Please send him some information so he doesn’t make a complete fool out of himself during his special in APril.