Without requiring lab tests to determine their safety, the U.S. government has approved
thousands of chemicals for use in such products as sofa cushions, soaps, paints and baby bottles.
On average, two more chemicals are approved every day.
The result: Consumers are unwittingly part of a vast, uncontrolled lab experiment.
"We're treating [people] worse than lab rats," said Karen Florini, a lawyer with
the nonprofit group Environmental Defense. "At least with lab rats, somebody bothers to collect the data." ...