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Why the U.S. Doesn’t Crack Down on Toxic Chemicals

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  • More than 84,000 chemicals are used in household products, cosmetics, food, and food packaging, and a majority of these have never been tested for safety
  • The chemical industry has a long history of political power and influence. Chemical corporations also control and manipulate the science by funding research that downplays, contradicts, or casts doubt on health hazards
  • The scientific field of toxicology minimizes the risks of toxic chemicals by relying on physiologically based pharmacokinetic simulations that do not reveal a chemical’s effect on biological processes

By Dr. Mercola

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.


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