US scientists class dioxins as a “health concern”BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6957.759a (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:759
- J Roberts
After years of study and debate, government scientists in the US have now said that dioxins, a class of chlorinated hydrocarbons, are “probable human carcinogens” that account for up to 0.1% of all cancers in the US.
In a 2000 page draft report made public earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency said that dioxins represent a public health “concern,” although it refuted the view of some environmentalists, who called dioxins a public health “emergency.”
Dioxins first emerged in public during the Vietnam …