Recently reported by CNN.com, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts are introducing a bill later this month that will give the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences the ability to ban as many as 10 harmful chemicals currently being used in common household and food products.
Once the NIEHS has named a chemical as “high concern,” its use is illegal after 24 months. Bisphenol A, or BPA, used in plastics, canned goods, and known to be an endocrine disruptor, is one of the chemicals facing the cut.
Harmful chemicals such as BPA and DES, a chemical found in cattle feed and breast cancer treatment medicine, can affect how hormones operate and lead to birth defects such as neurological disorders or autism, according to the report.
“The chemicals, which can be either naturally occurring or artificial, are found in everyday products like detergents, flame retardants, foods and cosmetics,” states author William Hudson at CNN. Processed foods should also come under review, with many of their ingredient lists consisting of nothing but chemical ingredients.
The bill is likely to be met with resistance from groups lobbying on behalf of chemical manufacturers and corporations behind these “high concern” chemicals.
If the bill passes, consumers can expect to see many canned goods, processed foods, and even some pesticide-soaked produce removed from grocery stores. Food producers would finally be required to provide healthier and safer products for consumers.
Frederick vom Saal from the Endocrine Society told CNN “[The United States is] almost like a third world country when it comes to regulating chemicals. It’s very difficult for people interested in the public’s health to understand how does this become a political, partisan, issue when people on both sides have family that are showing diseases related to these chemicals. What is going on here?”
This is just another reminder to eat as cleanly and close to the source as possible. All chemicals introduced into our bodies should be considered a “high concern”, and limited as much as possible.
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By Jamie Birdwell for DietsInReview.com