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EU adopts new standards on endocrine disruptors; chemical industry says criteria will hit farmers without additional protection for health & environment

Author: Aleksandra Eriksson, EU Observer, Published on: 5 July 2017

European experts on Tuesday (4 July) endorsed a proposal by the European Commission on the scientific criteria to qualify what substances significantly alter the chemical balance in humans... [A]n EU system to classify them has been a long time in the making, allegedly because of industry pressure to postpone it... [S]cientists and doctors [...] [fear] that the criteria will fail to identify EDCs and will not secure a high level of health and environmental protection... The chemical industry, however, is also unhappy with the criteria, which it says are flawed and will hit European farmers without providing additional protection for health and the environment... The institutions have three months to examine the adopted text. The EU commissioner for health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, called on the same institutions to swiftly back the criteria and help to set up the first regulatory system of endocrine disruptors in the world.

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