“It is doubtful whether a national regulation for perchlorate in drinking water would provide significant measurable benefits versus the costs of compliance. It would probably be more beneficial and less costly if programs were initiated assuring pregnant women received sufficient iodine supplementation, as well as examining opportunities for increasing iodine dietary consumption for the general population.”
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo
Former director of the U.S. EPA Drinking Water Standards Division
Commentary in Water Technology
"Consumers should not view the low levels of perchlorate in the foods tested as an indicator of the "risk" of eating certain foods, particularly when many of the foods are important components of a nutritious and balanced diet. Some of these food items are also important sources of iodine. Until more is known concerning perchlorate’s occurrence in foods, FDA continues to recommend that consumers eat a balanced diet, choosing a variety of foods that are low in trans-fat and saturated fat, and rich in high-fiber grains, fruits and vegetables."
Robert E. Bracket, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition – U.S. FDA
Testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, April 25, 2007.
"There is no compelling reason to believe perchlorate would cause thyroid cancer in humans, particularly at currently reported levels of exposure."
Gary Williams, MD
Professor of Environmental Pathology and Toxicology
Department of Pathology, New York Medical College