Who’s minding the store? Decision-making about chemicals in consumer products

November 5, 2013

Who’s minding the store? 
Decision-making about chemicals in consumer products

What: A panel discussion on the health risks and policy issues related to “chemicals of concern” in everyday consumer products

Where: 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 153A, Boston, MA

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Who: Leading experts in environmental health, the regulatory environment, and “green retail”
• Julia Green Brody, PhD, Senior Scientist and Executive Director, Silent Spring Institute
• Robin Dodson, Sc.D., Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
• Caroline Baier-Anderson, Ph.D., Toxicologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Richard Denison, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
• Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability and Authenticity, Seventh Generation

The panel discussion is open to APHA conference attendees and media.

Why: Consumer products are a major source of people’s exposure to chemicals with suspected links to a wide range of health effects, including cancer, fertility, asthma, and brain development.

Additional information: Environmental and biological monitoring indicates people are exposed to chemicals from consumer products; however, there is limited information about chemical concentrations in consumer products. Regulations don’t require health testing or complete labeling. Targeted independent testing programs have been conducted to determine which products contain chemicals of concern, revealing suspect chemicals not listed on product labels. In the U.S., calls mount for chemical regulation reform, while Europe’s progress outpaces ours. In this session, scientific, regulatory, and retailer perspectives will shed light on information gaps, best practices, and next steps in understanding potential health risks from consumer product chemicals.

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