Almost all children and adolescents have, according to an unpublished study by the Federal environment Agency and the Robert Koch Institute plastic ingredients in the body. For a part of the 15 investigated substances no health critical limits. In which, for which, these were exceeded for two Compounds.
The Federal government cited as a response to a Small request of the Greens to the exposure of the population to chemical residues from the “German environmental study on the health of children and young people 2014-2017”. You have in front of the MIRROR.
The focus of the study was the Years of the “Human-Biomonitoring” of 3 to 17. In the urine were detected, samples 97 to 100 per cent of the 2500 participants residues of 11 of the 15 tested products, mainly in plastic contained plasticizers.
“Our study clearly shows that the plastic ingredients with the increasing production also occur increasingly in the body,” said Marike Colossa-Gehring, one of the authors of the study, and Toxikologin at the Federal environment Agency, on request of the MIRROR. “It is really worrying that the youngest children as the most sensitive group are the most affected.”
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The Green show alerts. “It is too little explored, such as the many materials, the sum of our body”, writes Bettina Hoffmann, environmental health expert of the parliamentary group. Of particular concern are the high levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) are. At 20 percent of the subjects were above the limit, in the case of the younger children, the proportion was even higher.
“It can’t be that every fourth child is charged between three and five years, with the chemistry that the long-term damage can not be safely excluded,” says Hoffmann. PFOA, which is included in outdoor clothing or in pan coatings, was in animal trials to be carcinogenic and harmful to fertility. Starting in 2020, EU-wide ban on the substance.
The representatives of the Eco-complain that PFOA was already long in circulation and has been criticised, but it is only now restricted. “The Federal government must do everything it can to protect people from harmful chemicals,” says Hoffmann, “Precaution is a duty.”
The results of the study also show an increase in the burden of substitute materials for the previously banned chemicals. Hoffmann interprets that as a critical Signal: substances classified as dangerous, are likely to be similar for chemicals with harmful properties replaced, she says.
Moreover, it needed to be better researched, about what are the routes of Entry chemicals enter the human body, the green politician. In the results of the study, the burden of materials flows, for example, found in cosmetics, children’s toys or medical products.
Some of the studied substances are banned in 2015 due to health concerns in certain products. That such bans work in the long term, shows the decline of lead in the samples in comparison to the previous study of 2006. The load has decreased due to the prohibitions and limitations clearly, says Holger Koch Institute for prevention and occupational medicine at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, who also collaborated on the study. Chef: “Against this Background, the current results are a success.”
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