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Dutch consumer program highlights work of HEAL, WEMOS and WECF

On 8 February, the Dutch consumer program Radar focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet, together with HEAL members WEMOS (Annelies den Boer), WECF (Elisabeth Ruffinengo) and other partners were interviewed for this special edition.

Radar is a television program with a critical outlook on consumer issues. This particular episode focused on Bisphenol A (BPA), and whether this chemical can also be found in everyday food in the Netherlands.

BPA is a chemical found in cans, plastics and even receipts. In a recent test conducted by Wemos, four out of five tested consumer foodstuffs were proven to contain BPA.

However, progress to phasing out these hazardous EDCs, along with others is slow. According to HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet, we are heading towards a tidal wave of chronic diseases that will significantly strain our national health systems if no European action is taken.

The Radar episode on EDCs can now also be watched online (, in Dutch).

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Originally posted on 23 February 2016

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