On May 30, 2017, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report entitled “Exposure of children and unborn children to selected chemical substances.” The report focuses on the overall exposure of children under three years of age and pregnant women/unborn children to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and neurotoxic substances. The Danish EPA identified the following substances as most significant in terms of increased risk for endocrine disrupting effects: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins, bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, CAS 117-81-7), dibutyl phthalate (DBP, CAS 84-74-2), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP, CAS 84-69-5), bisphenol A (CAS 80-05-7), butylated hydroxy anisole (BHA, CAS 25013-16-5), and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT, CAS 128-37-0). The most relevant neurotoxic substances were found to be: Lead (CAS 7439-92-1), PCBs and dioxins, mercury (CAS 7439-97-6) and methyl mercury (CAS 22967-92-6), BPA, and acrylamide (CAS 79-06-1). For all of these substances, food is the main source of exposure which is “thus is likely to be recurring,” the report notes.
Danish Environmental Protection Agency (May 30, 2017). “Exposure of children and unborn children to selected chemical substances.”
Danish Environmental Protection Agency (April 2017). “Exposure of children and unborn children to selected chemical substances.” (pdf)