Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Europe Blocks US Toxic Products

[T]he US has become the dumping ground for toxic toys, electronics and cosmetics. We produce and consume the toxic materials, from which other countries around the world are protected.

US deregulation of toxic substances, such as lead in lipsticks, mercury in electronics, and phthalates (endocrine disruptors) in baby toys, may not only pose disastrous consequences to our health, but also to our economic and political status in the world.

"Europe Blocks US Toxic Products" is one of the 25 top stories identified by Project Censored as receiving little or no coverage by the U.S. media. Project Censored identifies "important national news stories that are underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media."

Why on earth would our corporate media fail to keep us informed?

Europe is now compelling other nations’ manufacturers to conform to regulations that are far more protective of people’s health than those in the United States. Europe has emerged not only as the world’s leading economic power but also as one of its moral leaders. Those roles were once filled by the United States.

Related: FDA Study: Lead Levels in Lipstick Much Higher than Previously Reported. FDA won’t say which brands had most lead; still has no standard for lead in lipstick.

Lead in lipstick: FDA gives moms the toxic kiss off: In a review of recent science, Harvard Medical School researcher David C. Bellinger, PhD, concluded: “No level of lead exposure appears to be ’safe’ and even the current ‘low’ levels of exposure in children are associated with neurodevelopmental deficits.”

Lead in lipstick, but no FDA standard