Everyday toxics: soft-plastic toys: A new law banned six types of phthalates, linked to breast cancer, decreased sperm counts and birth defects, in soft plastic toys in 2008. Many phthalate-containing toys are still in kids’ toy boxes…Canned food, including baby formula: Resin linings in most food and drink cans contain bisphenol A, an estrogen- mimicking chemical linked to hormone disruption, reproduction and fertility problems, birth defects and prostate cancer. Upholstered furniture: Brominated flame retardants used in foam cushions are associated with an array of negative effects, including permanent learning and memory impairment. A pilot study showed a link between PBDEs and hyperthyroidism in house cats.



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