The Federal law called the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) that governs toxic substances used in everyday products has become way outdated. The TSCA left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) powerless to regulate toxic chemicals. In the pharmaceutical industry, a manufacturer is required to prove the safety of a new drug before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve it. But, under the TSCA, a new chemical is considered safe unless the EPA proves that it is not.
There are 82,000 chemicals currently used in the US commerce. 62,000 of them were grandfathered in by the TSCA without any testing. Since then, the US chemical industry has added 20,000 more chemicals. 85% of the 20,000 chemicals do not have any health data and 67% of them do not have any data at all.
And then we have all kinds of diseases on the rise. According to the recent survey by the US National Cancer Institute, the lifetime risk of developing cancer for women is 1 in 3, for men is almost 1 in 2.
It is up to us consumers to figure out which products are safe for us.
- Safe or Toxic?