PlasticsEurope calls for a balanced discussion on endocrine disruptors

PlasticsEurope has expressed disappointment that an event on endocrine disruptors held today in the European Parliament was not opened to industry representatives. The event, hosted by MEP Christel Schaldemose from Denmark, was organised by the Health & Environment Alliance. Entitled "Endocrine disrupting chemicals and EU public health protection”, it welcomed NGO representatives, policy-makers and scientists for a discussion on the impact of endocrine disruptors and potential EU actions.

"The current review of the strategy on Endocrine Disruptors will have a significant impact on industry sectors such as the plastics industry. Therefore, we would have welcomed the opportunity to participate in the event, to demonstrate scientific improvements and to discuss possible regulations based on sound science" said Martin Engelmann, Advocacy Director at PlasticsEurope.

The potential effects of endocrine disruptors are intensively debated at the moment, with a wide range of scientific views emerging such as the concept of "low-dose effects”. Discussions on these effects sometimes head to the wrong direction, especially since some food like carrots, soybean, tofu and others have higher endocrine potency then the accused chemicals.

According to Martin Engelmann, "the regulatory process should rather focus on those substances of real concern that have an endocrine disrupting effect at doses relevant to health and environment. After all, it is the dose that makes the difference.”

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