When Claudia Angulo was pregnant with her son, she often felt nauseated and experienced vomiting and headaches.
She didn’t think much of it, until after she learned her son had Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder and difficulties with language and learning.
Angulo said she later discovered that a chemical she had been exposed to through her job — which involved taste-testing produce before it was washed — has been associated with health risks including brain damage in children.
“At the time that I was pregnant, in the company there were like 10 women that were pregnant and of those 10 women, seven of their kids were born with [health] problems,” she told The Hill in an interview conducted in Spanish.
And they’re not alone.
Studies have linked prenatal exposure to the chemical, called chlorpyrifos, to neurodevelopmental issues including lower IQ and impaired working memory.
Chlorpyrifos is used to prevent insects from