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Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union

Chemical Risks

Chemicals have a number of benefits for the health of the population and overall quality of life, for example as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or in the field of food safety. They also generate jobs and innovation. However, chemicals may also present risks to human health and the environment. Persistent compounds may accumulate in the body and heavy metals can poison water, fish and soil. Therefore, chemicals effects must be sufficiently known in order to minimise undesired effects.