Chemsec | Why resorcinol is the Terminator of hazardous chemicals – and should be shut down permanently


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After working in the field of chemicals policy for 10 plus years, you find that some chemicals come back over and over again, not unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in “The Terminator”. You think you put him out of action, but no. A red lamp-eye suddenly lights up again and it starts all over, the monster making good on its promise: “I’ll be back.”

One of those chemicals is resorcinol, which we added to the SIN List in 2011. It is a textbook example of an Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC), since it has been known for many decades to interfere with thyroid hormones. However, it has neither been officially recognized as an endocrine disrupting chemical, nor regulated yet.

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