BPA and analogues: Multiple targets and effects

Scientists highlight BPA’s interactions with multiple molecular targets besides estrogen receptor; growing body of evidence demonstrates similar pleiotropic actions of BPA substitutes such as BPS, BPF, BPAF and others

Microplastics in mineral water

Scientists detect microplastics in mineral waters packed in plastic bottles, glass bottles, beverage cartons; highest content observed in carbonated water from refillable plastic bottles; packaging itself is one possible contamination source

Plastics additives and recycling

Scientists review chemical additives in plastics, addressing migration and environmental impact during their use, disposal, and recycling; emission of toxics and contamination of recycled products should be avoided to ensure health and environmental protection

EDCs, semen quality, and testicular cancer

Editorial in The BMJ discusses parallel trends in semen quality and testicular cancer rates, suggests that EDC exposures could be a risk factor, calls for detailed research on EDCs and male reproductive trends

Controversy over DINCH

McGill University study shows exposure of pregnant rats to DINCH results in liver metabolism impairment and ‘testicular atrophy’ in the male progeny; BASF scientists depict study as ‘flawed,’ maintain that DINCH is safe for use in food contact applications

Predicting exposure to food contact chemicals

U.S. EPA scientists develop high-throughput computational models for predicting dietary exposure to chemicals from food packaging; exposure from food contact materials found to contribute significantly to overall exposures

Prolonged exposure to BPA after dermal contact

Scientists show uptake and elimination of bisphenol A after dermal contact are slower than after ingestion; findings suggest higher steady state levels after repeated dermal exposures

PAHs in polystyrene FCMs

Scientists detect polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in polystyrene FCMs; PAHs could be formed during production or absorbed during use; PAH contamination may require special attention to ensure safety of polystyrene FCMs

FCMs, gut health and risk assessment

New scientific article reviews food contact chemicals’ effects on gut permeability, microbiota, and immune responses; scientific justification for risk assessment assumptions questioned

Melamine’s effects beyond kidney

Scoping review identifies potential health effects of melamine other than renal damage, including impacts on neurological functions, behavior, reproduction, and growth