Phthalates, lead and cadmium in consumer products (June 1999)

Box 3458
Salmon Arm, B.C.
V1E 4S2
June 8, 1999

Judy Wasylycia-Leis MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Ms. Wasylycia-Leis,

I am writing to you now, on behalf of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, to express our support of your Bill C-482. This proposed legislation, an amendment to the Hazardous Products Act, would prohibit anyone from advertising, selling or importing (i) products for use by, or likely to be used by, children under 3 which have been produced with the addition of phthalates; and (ii) any consumer products with more than 15 ppm total lead or 1 ppm total cadmium (with exceptions allowed by regulation).

We support this bill because it moves in the direction of limiting the exposure of children to environmental toxins, especially during the most vulnerable early years of life. As an organization dedicated to educating ourselves, our health-provider colleagues and the public at large about ways to limit environmental degradation, CAPE is bound to support any legislation or other political step that leads to this goal. In particular, we know that young children undergo rapid developmental changes and are highly sensitive to environmental toxins; they therefore require greater protection than adults from exposure to chemical disturbance.

We commend you for introducing Bill C-482. We believe that the issues it addresses have nothing to do with partisan politics. They are important for all Canadians and for the ecosystem upon which we all depend for our lives. We hope that it meets with a favourable reception in the House of Commons. If it does not, we hope that the government will recognize the sound scientific basis on which this legislation rests, and propose something similar to it in the near future.



Warren Bell MD
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment


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