Parents beware. Those regulations the federal government uses to assess the risk of pesticides, toxins and other pollutants may be doing more to harm your children than protect them.
That's the message the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and Ontario College of Family Physicians will be issuing at a press conference today (Thursday, May 25). They will release the results of a 20-month study of the effects of toxins on kids.
An executive summary made available to NOW states, among other things, that children are particularly susceptible to environmental contaminants; that current regulations fail to consider exposure to toxins in breast milk, food and consumer products; and that early exposure to lead can cause accelerated aging and damaged DNA.
CELA spokesperson Katherine Cooper says the feds are relying too heavily on "guesswork" to fill in the scientific gaps when it comes to toxics safety.
"They're experimenting on our children," she says.
A Health Canada spokesperson says he can't comment without seeing CELA's report