For years, chemical manufacturers have been on a 2-assembly-line system: one line for products used by US consumers, another for those destined for the EU and other countries with stricter product safety standards. The FDA has been lax in their duty to protect us: known carcinogens and mutagens have been allowed to sneak into plastics in our electronics, cosmetics, children’s toys—basically, anything made with plastic. Safer alternatives exist, yet we’re still exposed to these harmful chemicals daily.
In this interview, investigative journalist Mark Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power) sits down with Air America’s Lionel to discuss the precautionary principle, the FDA, and the real meaning of “gives you cancer.”
An audio podcast of the entire interview can be found here: