DailyDirt: Safe Until Proven Harmful

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It seems like every other day we hear about yet another chemical in our food supply that's bad for our health. Maybe it's because the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which is supposed to help regulate the use of chemicals in consumer products, has failed us with its assumption that "chemicals are safe until proven harmful," and has turned us into unwitting human guinea pigs. Phthalates in vinyl, perfluorinated chemicals in non-stick cookware, brominated flame retardants in electronics, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in coolant/dielectric fluids, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in insecticides -- these are just a few chemicals that, over the years, have been discovered to be unsafe, long after they were introduced in consumer products. Here are a few more: If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: acrylamide, bpa, chemicals, ddt, fda, food, pcbs, pfcs, phthalates, trans fats, tsca


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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Nov 2013 @ 7:06pm

    Not only coffee

    Cocoa (hence also chocolate) and certain roasted red tea are high-temperature-processed too.

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