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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has released the following statement in response to a study published by Silent Spring Institute regarding chemicals in consumer products.
“We are disappointed that the Silent Spring Institute would make unfounded claims about the health effects of very low-levels of government-approved chemicals used in everyday consumer products without facts to support their claims. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated, the level of exposure to a chemical is relevant, not its mere presence. Additionally, Silent Spring claims a relationship between certain chemicals in consumer products and asthma, without providing adequate scientific information to draw such a connection.”
Additional information about the Silent Spring study:
Chemical Safety: Chemical manufacturers go to great lengths to make their chemicals safe—for industrial uses, for commercial uses and for consumer uses. In addition, contrary to the impression given in this report, chemicals in commerce are subject to government oversight by six primary federal agencies (EPA, FDA, OSHA, DOT, DHS, CPSC) which operate under more than a dozen federal laws and regulations.
Asthma Triggers: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises that the most common indoor asthma triggers include secondhand tobacco smoke, dust mites, mold, cockroaches and other pests, household pets, and combustion byproducts.
Exposure to Chemicals: The CDC provides an important caution against over-interpretation of the detection of an environmental chemical in the body as indicating a health risk. A part per million (ppm) may be hard to comprehend or visualize, but it is the equivalent of one human step on a 568-mile walk or one 60-second minute in a two-year span.
Endocrine Activity: Silent Spring also gives the impression that these very low exposures result in some type of “endocrine disruption” a claim which appears to be based on a very selective citation of the literature and not a comprehensive, systematic scientific review, such as established by the World Health Organization.
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