For the first time, bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen, has been unveiled in umbilical cord blood of American infants.
The Environmental Working Group, in partnership with Rachel’s Network, commissioned five laboratories in the U.S., Canada, and Europe (the Netherlands) to analyze umbilical cord blood collected from 10 minority infants born in 2007 and 2008.
The laboratories identified up to 232 industrial compounds and pollutants in these babies, finding complex mixtures of compounds in each infant. The findings constitute hard evidence that each child was exposed to a host of dangerous substances while still in its mother’s womb.
|HEAL supports policies that are both precautionary in nature and consider the cumulative risk of endocrine-disrupting chemicals to protect public health.|
Related information and articles:
Major medical and scientific societies recognize the harmful effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and work towards precautionary policy
Chemicals Health Monitor - Section on Human biomonitoring
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Written on 14 December 2009.