By DANIEL REYNOLDS | Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — It’s been a tough week for the U.S. health care industry.
In one of its biggest victories yet, a U.N. panel has declared that a broad swath of toxic chemicals in the environment can pose a threat to the health of humans.
The World Health Organization has been working for months to make that determination, and the results are expected in the next few weeks.
The panel’s report comes after several years of studying how toxins in the atmosphere and waterways impact people’s health and that of their animals.
The report was issued on Friday.
The full report is expected to be released later this year.
The panel, composed of scientists from 15 countries, was convened to address the risks posed by toxics in the air, water and food.
In addition to the U, UK, Canada and France, it included Japan, Germany, Australia and Russia.
It is expected that the report will help scientists make decisions on new and existing regulations to limit exposure to harmful chemicals in workplaces, as well as those that are already in place.
It also called on the International Organization for Standardization to issue new rules to address toxic air pollutants and chemicals in agricultural products, including pesticides.
The agency is expected in 2019 to issue an international toxic air standard for the agriculture sector.
The new guidelines will help farmers meet international standards for air quality, which aim to limit the exposure of humans to hazardous substances.
They will also help protect the environment from contaminants in agriculture and other uses that rely on them.
The WHO said it will release its final recommendations on how to protect the health and well-being of people and animals in the near future.