California carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and rice each received over one million pounds of pesticides identified as reproductive toxins
OEHHA currently requires warnings for reproductive toxins
, such as lead, to state that a product contains chemicals "...
As we fight for sound and just environmental and reproductive health policies, we must be especially cognizant that, too often, the people who struggle most to access reproductive health services are also disproportionately impacted by reproductive toxins
in our products and environment.
And at the end of the day, if we already know certain chemicals are reproductive toxins
, endocrine disruptors or CARCINOGENS, shouldn't we just stop using them?
While most of us have experienced how certain cleaning products cause eye, skin, or respiratory irritation, less is known about chemicals used in cleaning products acting as carcinogens, reproductive toxins
or teratogens (causing malformation of an embryo).
is California's own Proposition 65, otherwise known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which requires products that contain carcinogens or reproductive toxins
to feature a warning label.
These products include pesticides, chemical components of plastics, flame retardants, solvents, adhesives, paints and other surface applications, some of which are carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone mimics, reproductive toxins
, developmental toxins, or chemicals that either stimulate or suppress the immune system.
In comments solicited by California's Office of Environmental Health Assessment (OEHA) on chemicals proposed for listing by the Labor Code Mechanism (carcinogens and reproductive toxins
) published by the agency, NPCA/FSCT supported plaintiffs motion to stay based on the lack of sufficient laboratory findings for mice, much less sufficient basis for causing cancer in humans based on exposure models.
These are chemicals or substances that have been demonstrated to be carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins
; or they have been identified as being persistent, biocumulative and toxic; or fall into a category considered "Substances of Equivalent Concern," which includes endocrine disruptors.
Schapiro cites several reports which suggest that common substances in cosmetics are potential carcinogens, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, mutagens, and reproductive toxins
. Compounding the risk for the American consumer is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has no authority to regulate the ingredients in cosmetics.
Four of the six phthalates banned in the bill are listed on California's Prop 65 list as reproductive toxins
. Fourteen countries and the European Union have already banned or are phasing out the chemicals.
Some chemicals found in a variety of cosmetics--including phthalates, acrylamide, and formaldehyde--are listed by government and academic sources as reproductive toxins