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25/04/24 NRC: How harmful are chemicals? The Health Council wants more insight into the health effects of exposure

3 May 2024

What exactly do chemicals do to your health? The Dutch Health Council has advised that people's exposure to chemicals should be measured through blood and urine samples.

Molecular epidemiologist Jelle Vlaanderen of Utrecht University is “very positive” about the Health Council's advice. “Right now there is nothing to map chemical exposures in the Netherlands. There is a big gap in our knowledge. Huge amounts of chemicals are produced, but we don't know in what concentrations people are exposed to them. And whether there are certain vulnerable groups that have higher exposures to chemicals.” *

*article in Dutch

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