Monday, April 9, 2012

Endocrine Disruptors in Cosmetics

Remember the environmental petition sent by the David Suzuki Foundation and Réseau des femmes en environnemment I blogged about earlier? It asked Health Canada and Environment Canada to explain their policies and actions regarding endocrine* disrupting chemicals used in cosmetics.

The government's responses are now online, as well as a follow-up petition submitted in response to the responses.

The follow-up petition alleges "that Health Canada’s response to Petition 310 regarding the presence of endocrine disrupting substances in cosmetics did not take into account the full priority list of suspected endocrine disrupting substances developed by the European Union in a series of studies since 2000. The petitioners also inquire whether the Department actively monitors international developments in endocrine disruption science and policy."

Response to the second petition is pending and will be online in the near future.

*the endocrine system is composed of glands that release hormones into the bloodstream.

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