European Food Safety Authority accused of minimizing some effects of endocrine disruptors

Experts warn a new European draft report "could significantly delay restrictive measures against harmful chemicals."

Editor's note: This article was originally published at Le Monde and is republished here with permission.

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Endocrine disruptors in Europe: Nineteen "experts" are polluting the debate

Editor's note: This article was originally published at Le Monde and is republished here with permission.

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Endocrine disruptors: The discreet but major gift to the pesticides lobby.

The European Commission submits its proposal for regulation of chemical substances today. Did the pesticide industry write in its own exemption?

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Endocrine disruptors: The interference of the United States.

The United States does not hide it. In some cases, they would like to write European law instead of leaving it to Europe. Among the cases: endocrine disruptors, these chemicals that are present in our everyday environment and capable of hijacking the hormonal system of living beings.

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Endocrine disruptors: A denial of the state of the science.

"The current scientific knowledge": It is this that the European Commission assures it is using to justify its much criticized choices in the regulation of endocrine disruptors. Yet, the Endocrine Society, a major scholarly society, believes that the Commission "ignores [the] state of science". How can such a hiatus be explained?

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Endocrine disruptors: The manufacture of a lie.

Everything, or almost everything, is contained in a few words: “(Endocrine disruptors) can ... be treated like most other substances of concern for human health and the environment.” It is on this simple phrase, which comes from the conclusion of an opinion from The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) in 2013, that Brussels bases its plan to regulate endocrine disruptors, these ubiquitous substances capable of interfering with the hormonal system, often at low doses.

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Endocrine disruptors: Brussels’ industry-linked scientists sow doubt.

It is certainly out of the ordinary for a delegation of scientists to ask a European Commissioner to lower public health protection. But if the reason given is to "block" an "onslaught of pseudoscience”, the step is unprecedented. In early May, seven scientists made a visit to the European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis. They came to warn him, a press release from the University of Constance explained, about the "deliberately selective" way in which "some scientists" (who are not named) have presented the issue of endocrine disruptors to the public and the European Commission.

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Endocrine disruptors: The secret history of a scandal.

Next week, sources say, the European Commission will take up regulations on endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The text driving the decision remains cloaked in covertness worthy of the most sensitive state secrets. Part 1 of 3.

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