Out of 83,000 chemicals on the market in the U.S., the government has only tested about 200.
The next time you buy a stick of deodorant or a bottle of dish soap, consider this: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tested and published data on only approximately 200 of the roughly 83,000 chemicals legally used to make products in the U.S., according to a California Senate review from 2010.
Meanwhile, food manufacturers can put thousands of additives into their products without approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of a loophole in a decades-old food additive law, the Center for Public Integrity reported this week.
What does this mean? According to the producers of a new documentary, it means we play the role of test subjects in a vast human experiment.