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Lawmakers Seek Alternatives to Medical-Sterilization Chemical

Nov. 21, 2018, 12:13 AM

Congressional Democrats from Illinois want a federal task force to look at alternatives to using ethylene oxide in the wake of continued lawsuits alleging the chemical is a factor in cancer among people living near a Chicago-area medical sterilizing facility.

In a Nov. 20 letter, Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Reps. William Foster (D-Ill.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), asked Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to convene an interagency task force to examine sterilization alternatives to ethylene oxide.

Sterigenics U.S. LLC uses the chemical to sterilize ...