European Crop Protection Association on Regulating Endocrine Disruptors: What are key Issues?

When it comes to regulating hormone-active substances, finding the right balance is key. We need to protect human health and the environment, and it is right that endocrine disruptors, with the potential to do harm, are regulated in such a way to prevent that harm from occurring. But many products – just like coffee or soy – contain substances that are endocrine active, meaning they have a short-term, benign effect on hormones. Just like no one would want to ban coffee, we shouldn’t ban plant protection or biocidal products that are safe and bring important societal benefits. That’s why the European Union’s criteria for endocrine disruptors must address the circumstances where those substances pose a real risk.

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