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quarta-feira, 5 de julho de 2017

EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides



Certain chemicals in pesticides and crop protection products are suspected of being endocrine disruptors.
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The scientific criteria determining hormone-disrupting chemicals used in pesticides and biocides was adopted by EU member state representatives sitting in the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, described the agreement as “a great success” and called on the European Parliament and the Council, involved in the decision-making process, to ensure its smooth adoption.

The list “will provide a stepping stone for further actions to protect health and the environment by enabling the Commission to start working on a new strategy to minimise exposure of EU citizens to endocrine disruptors, beyond pesticides and biocides”, the Commission said in a statement.

The new strategy will aim to cover for example toys, cosmetics and food packaging, the EU executive added.
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