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International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) - Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and the battle to ban them

The ongoing battle against endocrine disrupting chemicals, also known as hormone disruptors or EDCs, is one with many faces. Recently the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) highlighted one of these faces in an article on the links between EDCs and the shared burden on both men and women.

In the article, that was published in August of this year in the World Nutrition journal, IBFAN outlines the chronology of the battle to ban EDCs in the European Union. IBFAN emphasises male exposures to hormone disruptors and the increasing awareness of the urgency for action to identify, restrict, or ban these chemicals if their reproductive toxicity for future fathers is recognised. Next to the many burdens EDCs pose on women, they are thus also a burden for men.

IBFAN, a member of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), envisages an enabling environment for all women to establish breastfeeding as a societal norm in the best interest of both mother and child. Find out more about IBFAN here.

Originally posted on 27 September 2017

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