Industrial chemicals are chemicals that are developed for use in the industrial processing of chemicals. Some industrial chemicals are only used in industrial production processes while many others are used as ingredients in the commercial products that appear in consumer markets.
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Some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are by-products that were produced unintentionally and released to the environment during combustion or during some chemical processes. For example, dioxins, furans, alpha-HCH, and beta-HCH are never intentionally produced (except for laboratory purposes). Dioxin, for example, one of the original "Dirty Dozen" of the Stockholm Convention, is typically produced during incineration. Two others, PCBs and HCB, are produced both intentionally and unintentionally.
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are a group of toxic chemicals—including some pesticides and by-products of industry—that remain in the environment, in food chains, and in human bodies for many years, causing endocrine disruptions and other health problems.