Documentary "Notre Poison quotidien" screening at HEAL
The first-ever English language version of the hard-hitting film "Our Daily Poison" by leading investigative journalist Marie-Monique Robin took place at HEAL on 6 October.
Some of the issues raised in the film are very topical in Europe, which prompted a lively discussion with the film maker after the screening. One key issue discussed is the need to widen the peer reviewed science for risk assessment beyond Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) studies, which mainly represent industry research. French agency ANSES has recently used studies other than those following GLP in a review of the safety of BPA. The findings have led to an immediate response from French government to ban BPA in all food packaging by 1 January 2014. The bill is supported by French ministers of health and will be voted in the National Assembly on 12 October.
The film also highlights the need for a new paradigm in the assessment of chemical risks that takes into account both low-dose and cocktail effects. It was shown in San Francisco on 18 October 2011.
Originally posted on 19 October 2011