Fetuses Contaminated with Toxics

Pregnant women who have been exposed to toxic chemicals from perfumes and plastics are unknowingly passing the pollutants on to their fetuses, a new report suggests. The Environmental Working Group, which has an office in Oakland, found the toxics in the umbilical cords of ten newborns it tested. The report provides strong evidence that cosmetic manufacturers and chemical companies should be required to publicly disclose the chemicals they use and thoroughly test them before putting them on the market.

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