US scientists class dioxins as a “health concern”

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:759
  1. 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 …

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