Industry urged to act on chemical risks

Science is beginning to enable rapid assessments of subtle impacts on individuals of man-made chemicals, opening up "huge new opportunities for litigation", Friends of the Earth's Anglo-Welsh branch warned today. The NGO was issuing an update to a report on the implications of modern biochemical research for the EU chemicals debate that it published in June 2000 (EED 05/06/00). Developments since then have been in line with predictions, the group claims, "revolutionising our knowledge about the toxic effects of chemicals" with "huge" implications for manufacturers and retailers. See update report.

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