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PUB-044: Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  1. Educational campaigns for physicians, medical students and patients on the harmful effects of toxic flame retardants (e.g polybrominated diphenyl ethers), phthalates, perfluorinated compounds, formaldehyde, triclosan, endocrine-disrupting compounds, and other carcinogenic or hazardous chemicals in consumer products.
  2. Legislation that creates, implements and finances rigorous scientific studies to determine the short- and long-term health impacts of the aforementioned products, bioaccumulation potential and toxicology, both for low- and high-dose exposures.
  3. Implementation of comprehensive chemical legislation that is in line with current scientific knowledge on human and environmental health, and is developed and revised under the direction of endocrinologists, toxicologists, occupational/environmental medicine specialists and epidemiologists.
  4. Clearly posted information on packaging for consumer products or on the products themselves describing the potential harmful effects of chemicals present in such products, in language the general public can understand. (HOD, 0416)