9th National Conference on EDCs show high exposure in Spain

On 25 June, EDC-Free campaign partner Ecologistas en Accion attended the 9th National Conference on EDCs in Cargagena, Spain, within the framework of the 13th Spanish Congress of Environmental Health. Scientists from the most important toxicological centres in Spain shared their results and discussed the measures of prevention for the near future.

This year, the conference focused on high exposure levels of Lindane, PCBs, Phalates and BPA in Spain. All of these EDCs may interfere with the functioning of our hormones, causing serious impacts on our health.

Nicolas Olea, Professor in Medicine and Research Coordinator of the Clinic Hospital of Granada, highlighted that three regions in the Iberian Peninsula suffer high exposure levels of Lindane (used years ago as a pesticide) that are not being analysed by the authorities. The exposure is due to unsecure dispersion of high amounts of this chemical, which ends up in food and water. This evidence is even more serious after the annoucement by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer that this pesticide is possibly carcinogenic for humans. He also highlighted that exposure to Lindane during the first month of pregnancy may cause cancer later in life.

Exposure to other EDCs in Spain such as PCBs are still present in electrical devices, paintings and resins, to which we are exposed through our diet and the prenatal period – which can affect the neurological development of children for example.

Argelia Castaño Professor, Director of European Project DEMOCOPHES, presented results on Phalates, where she mentioned that concentration on Dietil-Fthalate in Spanish children is much higher than in the rest of Europe. Professor Castaños presented an hypothesis of these values and the use of this chemical as the base of the fragrance in hygienic products (although it doesn’t appear as an ingredient).

Results obtained from BPA studies, which can appear in products such as policarbonated plastics, resins, dental filling or toys show that Spanish children have higher blood concentration of these chemicals than other children in Europe.

The conference concluded that constant exposure to EDCs means they are often found in our bodies. Even though exposure may be low, the consequences on our health can be due to their combined effect. Scientific evidence show that EDCs can affect our health, so the effort now is to address prevention and to keep demanding the rmoving of such chemicals from our environment and daily lives.

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