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16 Aug

EPA Refuses to Update Tests For Hormones In Food

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The EPA is holding true to its decision not to reform current testing practices for endocrine disrupting chemicals found in food or the environment despite criticism from a panel of scientists.

The endocrine system, which is the series of glands inside the human body responsible for the release of hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and adrenaline, among others, has been a point of contention for the EPA after a group of scientists from Taft University claimed the agency was ignoring research about small dose toxicity in 2012.

Consumer goods such as plastic and canned foods, as well as commercial chemicals such as pesticides are known to contain endocrine disruptors and concerns about their negative effect on human health is gaining credibility in scientific and medical communities. Since endocrine disruptors mimic hormones, their greatest effect is thought to take place in low doses over the course of time.

The EPA's current screening methods gauge chemicals using high doses as a test of toxicity instead of monitoring their effect in low doses long term.

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