If the EPA is listing this as a "priority pollutant," why are these products still on the market? Children are the ones most likely to be affected by this,as most people will give their kids "unbreakables" to eat and drink from on most, if not all occassions. They recently put out warnings about cough and cold medicines, shampoos, and lead laden toys, all makrketed to children.
At what point does the FDA or EPA decide to pull something from the market? Does anyone know what the determining factors are here?
Of course I do not rely on the "news updates," but what about the rest of the people and children out there, who do not have this educated advantage, like most of us tuned in here?
COMMENT FROM DEBRA: There are many materials on the market that are known to be toxic.
Interesting question: at what point does the FDA or EPA decide to pull something from the market? Last week I was in a hotel room that reeked of formaldehyde from the particleboard furniture (fortunately I could open the window wide all night as the room was on an upper floor) while I was watching a news story on TV about the formaldehyde levels in the FEMA trailers in the South (set up after hurricane Katrina). Now, several years later, after many complaints, the government is saying they have to get those people out of the trailers as soon as possible. Yet, it's OK to have high levels of formaldehyde in hotel rooms. There is a tremendous amount of inconsistency in what is allowed and what isn't.
I don't know when they decide to pull something from the market. I think it's when there are enough complaints.