Outsourcing Tech Toxins

Groundbreaking epidemiological studies led US tech companies to stop using toxic chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects 25 years ago. But they did not ask the same of their Asian suppliers. Now confidential data reveal that thousands of pregnant Asian women continue to face potential exposure, according to Bloomberg Business week.

South Korean epidemiologist Kim Myoung-hee began uncovering the scandal after noticing a series of cancer cases in her country’s microelectronics plants. Her research has shown elevated risks of miscarriage for South Korean workers. Others determined through random testing that manufacturers were using more toxic chemicals than they had claimed.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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