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Health costs in the EU - How much is related to EDCs?








Brussels, 18 June 2014 – Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion per year in the EU, according to a report launched by HEAL.

  • Spiralling rates of hormone-related disease may be due to exposure to hormone-mimicking synthetic chemicals found in food, drink and everyday products.
  • New study says if a small portion of hormone-related cancers, diabetes & obesity, and infertility could be avoided by reducing exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals, then billions in costs from these diseases and conditions could be saved.
  • A change in European chemicals policy could massively reduce costs associated with cases of hormone-related diseases and conditions. EU should act now.

Download the full report here - English- Spanish

The calculation in the report draws on a list of diseases and conditions that expert scientists involved in EDC research have identified as “endocrine-related”. They are:

HEAL’s policy statement - EN- DE - ES

Press release - EN- DE- FR


Last updated on 26 February 2015

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