In a letter to the editor on January 24, 2013 the American Chemistry Council (ACC) stated that chemical regulation should be based on hard science rather than on beliefs. The letter was a response to an op-ed article discussing the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in global obesity rates.

The article published on January 19, 2013 in the New York Times and covered in the Food Packaging Forum news had argued that EDCs contributed significantly to obesity rates and considered current chemical regulation inadequate to protect consumers from EDCs.

Micheal Wallis, vice-president of the ACC, cited a US Food and Safety Authority Official saying that federal decisions shall not be based on “claims or beliefs”, but on a thorough review of the science. He states that the ACC is committed to “modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act to reflect the latest advances in science and technology”.

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Chemicals and the Body, Letter to the Editor. (New York Times)