13 May '12, 10am

Common household chemicals 'cause cancer and reduced fertility': Euro Environment Agency

LONDON - Common chemicals found in household products may be causing a range of medical problems such as cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned. The European Environment Agency (EEA) warned other items such as cosmetics and medicines which contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) could be harmful to humans. In a study published on Thursday, officials said there was strong evidence of harm and cautioned against their use but stopped short of recommending a complete ban. The agency warned that five classes of chemicals needed more scrutiny, reported The Daily Telegraph. These included phthalates, which are often found in pesticides; bisphenol A and other PCBs, which are used to make plastics parabens that are increasingly found in sunscreen and chemicals used in contraceptive pills. It found those chemicals which disrupt the ho...

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