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Endocrine disruptors

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

Two months after the European Parliament resolution on the negative impact of a number of chemicals used in food and cosmetics production in the EU, local and regional representatives have called on the European Commission to provide a higher level of protection from hazardous chemicals. According to studies, endocrine disruptors, or EDCs, have a harmful effect on the work of the body’s hormons, leading to infertility, obesity and cancers . In children, they are increasingly linked to autism and other conditions.
Given that the local and regional authorities are responsible for health services in most EU Member States they are also obliged to attend to the well-being of their populations and take position regarding EDC. According to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Commission’s response to EDC does not deal adequately with health risks and does not provide a sufficiently solid framework to treat these chemical across all EU laws. There is no concrete action plan or timetable to achieve progress in this area. The rapporteur for the opinion Towards a comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors, Uno Silberg (EE/EA) stressed the need for preventive action.
There are currently around 800 chemicals that interfere with the activities of hormones or are suspected to do so. Available research shows that the annual health costs of endocrine disruptors amount to EUR 163 billion (1.28% of the EU’s GDP). EDCs are commonly found in cans and food storage bags and in plastic film or packaging. They can also be found in toys, cosmetics, food containers, pesticides and even in furniture.The opinion stresses that reliable information on the risks and impact of EDCs should be made available to European citizens in an appropriate form and in accessible language. At the same time, it is proposed to introduce a new updated definition of endocrine disruptors.Local and regional elected representatives call for an increase in resources for independent, publicly funded research on endocrine disruptors and non-harmful substitutes for them, as well as other innovative solutions. At the same time, they draw attention to the potential conflict between the protection of citizens and the functioning of profit-making companies.The CoR points out that endocrine disruptors should be considered to be substances that do not have a ‘safe threshold’, which means that any exposure to such substances may pose a threat, particularly during critical phases of development (foetal, post-natal and puberty). Very little is also known about their combined effect.
Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) are chemicals that alter the functioning of the endocrine system and have a negative impact on human and animal health. These substances may be synthetic or natural. Exposure to them can come from a variety of sources, such as pesticide residues or consumer products that are used or present in everyday life. Exposure to these substances can cause cancer, obesity, diabetes, a decline in intelligence, impaired motor skills, a weakening of learning skills and infertility.Endocrine disruptors are found in such things as food packaging, skin care products, cosmetics, building materials, electronic devices, furniture and flooring and toys. In order to protect fruit and vegetable crops, these substances are added to the pesticides and herbicides used for spraying.The EU has supported research into endocrine disruptors. It has funded more than 50 projects, for which over EUR 150 million came from the various research and innovation framework programmes. A further EUR 52 million has been allocated under Horizon 2020 to research and screening projects.

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