Are there really thousands of untested chemicals used in everyday products?

| November 20, 2018

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Are there really thousands of untested chemicals in the products we use every day? Not exactly. In fact, all new chemicals are subject to a U.S. EPA safety review before being used, and EPA can review any chemical, at any time, to protect public health and safety.

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