For immediate release: July 23, 2018

Statement from Environmental Defence’s Muhannad Malas on new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the health risks of harmful chemicals in common food products

Toronto, Ont. – Today’s statement from America’s top children’s health experts sends a clear signal to governments in Canada to take urgent action to protect children’s health from the effects of toxic chemicals.

Scientific studies strongly illustrate that food packaging ingredients can leach into popular foods that children eat regularly, exposing them to toxic chemicals that can interfere with hormone function and development. Today’s statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics makes evident that in order to help in addressing the rising rates of reproductive and brain health issues such as infertility and ADHD, we must ban the use of toxics like BPA, phthalates and grease-proofing PFAS from all food contact materials. Food companies must also take the responsibility to remove these harmful chemicals from their supply chain and promote greener and safer alternatives.

Pediatricians and health experts from across disciplines are calling for stronger regulatory measures to end the troubling practice of allowing highly toxic chemicals in products before proving their safety. This is in line with recommendations made by the federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in its 2017 review of Canada’s toxics law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act(CEPA).

The Canadian government must take immediate steps to prepare the reforms needed to strengthen CEPA in the next two years as promised.

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