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March 19, 2010

Danish report on endocrine disruptors (late 2009)

I’ve been seeing reports about a 326-page Danish Environmental Protection Agency study that “has just been released” about “gender-bending chemicals.”  Was able to track down an Oct. 23, 2009, article on the Telegraph.co.uk site, “Why boys are turning into girls: Gender-bending chemicals are largely exempt from new EU regulations.”  Fairly recent, but not recent recent.  Geoffrey Lean, the Telegraph author, ties the Danish report in with other research to come up with the headline.  He states:

Yet gender-benders are largely exempt from new EU regulations controlling hazardous chemicals. Britain, then under Tony Blair’s premiership, was largely responsible for this – restricting their inclusion in the first draft of the legislation, and then causing even what was included to be watered down. Confidential documents show that it did so after pressure from George W Bush’s administration, which protested that US exports “could be impacted”.

Anyway, managed to track the report down on the Danish Ministry of the Environment site (site in English).

Survey and Health Assessment of the exposure of 2 year-olds to chemical substances in Consumer Products

Survey of Chemical Substances in Consumer Products, 102, 2009

Two-year-olds are exposed to many chemical substances in daily life. Furthermore, they are particularly susceptible due to their physical size (large surface area/small volume). The primary focus will be on consumer products, but because the 2 year-old’s exposure to chemical substances involves not only food products but also food contact materials and articles, focus has also been placed on these sources. Exposure from indoor air and dust has also been evaluated based on existing measurements. Several endocrine disruptors were selected and focussed on in the risk assessment. They were selected for their known endocrine disrupting effects in animal studies, and an anticipated exposure of 2 year-old children to these substances through food products, indoor air and dust, or consumer products….

Based on the assumptions made in the report, it can be concluded that:

  • A few exposures to a high content of an endocrine disruptor, such as that of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in rubber clogs may result in a critical risk for the 2 year-old.
  • The amounts that 2 year-olds absorb, in particular from the phthalate DBP (mostly from foods) and dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs (mostly from foods, and partly from indoor air and dust), constitute a risk for anti-androgen disruptions to the endocrine system.
  • The amounts that 2 year-olds absorb from the parabens propylparaben and butylparaben, in particular, can constitute a risk for oestrogen-like disruptions of the endocrine system. This contribution originates predominantly from cosmetic products such as oil-based creams/moisturising creams/lotions and sunscreen.

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Chemicals assessed

Cumulative risk assessment of potential endocrine-like substances

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