Swedish PVC industry worried by cancer study

Manufacturers deny "immediate cause for alarm," promise collaboration with scientists

The Swedish PVC industry has reacted cautiously to a study linking PVC manufacture to testicular cancer in workers, which has caused headline coverage in Sweden and beyond (ENDS Daily 15 January). In a statement, the Swedish PVC Forum says that it had known of the study, carried out by researchers at Örebro Hospital in Sweden, since late November and that it "could not see an immediate cause for alarm" in the results. However, the group said that it would carefully follow the continuing study, and would "act rapidly in collaboration with the authorities if the hypothesis should in any way be confirmed." Meanwhile, political fallout from the study may just be beginning: On Friday, Greenpeace Netherlands called on the Dutch environment minister Margaretha de Boer to end the production and use of PVC, and to respond to the Swedish study in a parliamentary debate on PVC due at the end of this month.

Follow Up:
Swedish PVC Forum, tel: +46 8 402 1363; Greenpeace Netherlands, tel: +31 20 422 3344.

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