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Fri February 17, 2012
EPA releases major health assessment of dioxins
The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a report on dioxins that’s more than 25 years in the making.
Dioxins are a class of toxic chemicals. They’re by-products of many industrial processes and some natural sources.
The EPA says dioxins are likely to cause cancer in humans.
The agency has finally released the first part of a report on just how toxic dioxins are. It looks at non-cancer health risks.
The report says high levels of dioxin exposure can cause developmental and reproductive effects... interfere with hormones and damage the immune system... and cause a severe skin disease called chloracne.
The EPA says most Americans have low-level exposure to dioxins... mostly through high-fat fish, meat and dairy products.
But the EPA says low levels of exposure do not pose a significant health risk and does not recommend avoiding any particular foods because of dioxin.