Florida Sanitary Supply Association

State Governing and Advocacy Association for Contractors, Distributors and Manufacturers of Cleaning and Maintenance Supplies

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# of N American children who will develop cancer before age 15: 1 in 400
% of Americans diagnosed with cancer in 1950: 25%. In 1997: 40%
Increase in testicular cancer in U.S. in the past 20 years: doubled
Chances of a U.S. woman getting breast cancer in 1960: 1 in 20. In 1999: 1 in 8
Women and girls in the US with endometriosis: 6 million (nearly 40% are diagnosed before age 15)
Increase in asthma in children ages 6 to 11, 1971 to 1980: 58%
Increase in Type I diabetes between 1964 and 1981: doubled and rising
% of children under 18 with at least one developmental disability: 17%
% of U.S. children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): at least 5%


80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been introduced since WWII.
Fewer than 1,600 have been tested for carcinogenicity.
The chemical industry grows 3.5% each year, doubles every 20 years.
5 trillion pounds of synthetic chemicals are produced every year.
About 2.23-billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in U.S.
Only 10% received thorough testing for toxicity.
82% of U.S. households use pesticides.
50% of U.S. households use weed killers.
50% of U.S. households use flea treatments.
2.26 billion lbs of toxic chemicals were released into the environment in 1994 (177 million pounds were known carcinogens)
40 possible carcinogens found in drinking water, 60 in air, 66 on food crops.
Swordfish, tuna and shark often have unsafe levels of mercury.


177 different organochlorines in men (suspected carcinogens)
Dioxin (causes metabolic and immune changes in lab animals)
Mercury (1.16 million women of child-bearing age may have unsafe levels)
PCBs (cancer, possible damage to immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems)
PCBs, pesticides, and phthalates (in umbilical cord tissue)
Lead (now in bodies of all living things on the planet)
By 1976, about 25% of human breast milk in the U,S, was too contaminated to be sold as food.



Benzene & toluene (carcinogens): gasoline, ink, dye, oil, paint, plastics, rubber, adhesives, pharmaceuticals.
Chlorphyrifos (reproductive and developmental abnormalities, including birth defects, neurobehavioral impairment, hyperactivity, motor dysfunction): one of the most widely used pesticides, even in homes, schools, day care centers, hotels, restaurants and hospitals.
Phthalates (hormone disruptors): anything vinyl; cosmetics, insect repellents, pet toys, nail polish, air fresheners, meats, cheese, dairy products.

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