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Nigerian Guardian: Fresh alert on household chemicals’ link to cancer, infertility, birth defects

Coverage in the Nigerian Guardian of 10th July 2014

SCIENTISTS have raised fresh alert over the proliferation of food packaging that contains hazardous chemicals associated with increasing cases of cancer, infertility and birth defects.

The scientists in one of two independent but separate studies suggest that the chemical, Bisphenol-A (BPA), changes how genes function in the mammary glands of rats exposed in their mother’s womb, leaving them more vulnerable to breast cancer later in life.”

Elizabeth Salter Green, of the campaign group CHEM Trust, said the EU was trying to tighten up the regulation of gender-bending chemicals but the UK was in favour of the least stringent measures.

She added: “This report bears testimony to the on-going failure of regulatory agencies to reduce exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, which are implicated in the increased rates of hormone-related cancers and other diseases.

“Thankfully, the EU is now trying to come to agreement on how to identify such hormone disrupting chemicals, so that they can be effectively regulated, but unfortunately the UK is trying to thwart this process in a bid to limit the number of chemicals that will fall under the regulatory axe.