Brussels, 7 July 2021 – European Plasticisers notes that the scientific grounds of the statements made in Dr Swan’s book “Count Down” have already been questioned and refuted by many independent researchers  who have established that the book’s conclusions are not supported by robust scientific evidence.
In line with our commitment to evidence-based policy making , European Plasticisers remains open for a constructive science-led discussion on this subject.
 Here some examples:
Sharpe, for ChemTrust: Male Reproductive Health Disorders and the Potential Role of Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
Fisch, 2008: Declining worldwide sperm counts: disproving a myth
Mitchell, 2012: Do phthalates affect steroidogenesis by the human fetal testis? Exposure of human fetal testis xenografts to di-n-butyl phthalate
Heger, 2012: Human Fetal Testis Xenografts Are Resistant to Phthalate-Induced Endocrine Disruption
Boulicault, 2020: The future of sperm: a biovariability framework for understanding global sperm count trends
Here some examples of media articles:
Science 2.0 “The Male Reproduction Apocalypse That Never Was” by Kimberlrey Wise White (30/09/2006)
Forbes “The Trouble Lies Not In Our Sperm, Poor Nick” by Geoffrey Kabat (12/03/2017)
Genetic Literacy Project “Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals” by Geoffrey Kabat (01/03/2021)
UnHerd “Don’t worry about your sperm count” by Tom Chivers (03/03/2021)
Science 2.0 “Just A Dud? Swan Book ‘Count Down’ Alleging Apocalyptic Threat Of Extinction Due To Chemicals Greatly Disappoints” by Gregory Bond (17/03/2021)
 On this matter, we also produced a video series where we interview independent scientists on the relationship between science and policy making: Science, policy and public opinion: how the wheel turns