Two new AAP-backed environmental laws include key provisions providing the public with more information about pesticides in food and contaminants in water.

As a result, AAP members may be faced with increased questions from parents about the effects of such substances disclosed through the Food Quality Improvement Act (PL-104-178) and the Safe Drinking Water Amendments of 1996 (PL-104-182).

"It is going to require pediatricians to learn more about these chemicals, but that is not as bad as it sounds," according to Routt Reigart, M.D., FAAP, former chairperson of the AAP Committee on Environmental Health, who has testified before Congress on the issue of pesticides on children's foods.

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