Getting the bad toxins in you, out

Published: 18 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

The debate over the safety of plastics products, specifically over commonly found chemicals in plastics called phthalates, has recently reached several Canadian government officials … on a very personal level. According to this article from the Ottawa Citizen, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, Health Minister Tony Clement, Liberal environment critic John Godfrey and NDP leader Jack Layton, recently underwent blood and urine tests for 103 pollutants and contaminants. The Ottawa Citizen reports that in 2005, a similar test was conducted searching for 88 chemicals in 11 people, of which, 60 were found. According to this report, phthalates were found at higher levels in children than adults, and many of such chemicals are allegedly suspected to lead to health risks, including reproductive dysfunction, hormone dysfunction and respiratory illness.

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