Author Affiliation: Office of Clinical Toxicology, Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Exposures to chemicals in consumer products and from other sources are an everyday reality and have been a global discussion topic and research interest for many years. For example, setting the stage for much of my awareness and thinking about this was a commentary, published in 1979, titled “Analyzing the Daily Risks of Life,” which included extensive mention of chemicals in consumer products.1 That commentary1(p41) began with:
Hakkinen PJ. New Studies About Everyday Types of Chemical Exposures: What Readers Should ConsiderComment on “A Crossover Study of Noodle Soup Consumption in Melamine Bowls and Total Melamine Excretion in Urine”. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):319-320. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2133