Melamine’s effects beyond kidney

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

Utility of bioassays in safety assessment

Scientists demonstrate utility of bioassays in FCM safety assessment using 4-nonylphenol (4NP) as a model substance; 4NP levels detected by bioassays considered relevant for safety assessment

Why fish mistake plastic for food

New study provides evidence that fish eat plastic debris because it acquires the smell of their food when residing in the ocean

New antimicrobial plastic films

Researchers develop plastic films with antibiofilm activity by incorporating N-halamines into the polymer matrix; potential applications in food production and processing

More evidence on hazard potential of BPA and BPS

Endocrine Society highlights 3 scientific studies investigating effects of bisphenol A and its common substitute bisphenol S on body weight, liver development, and breast cancer

Surfactants linked to birth defects

New U.S. scientific study associates exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds with transgenerational birth defects in rodents

New approach to remove BPA from water

Researchers develop catalysts that efficiently and quickly eliminate bisphenol A from water by inducing non-reversible oligomerization or complete degradation of the molecule

Global estimate of plastic production, use and fate

8,300 million tons of plastics produced to date, according to new study; only 9% of plastic waste recycled; 12,000 million tons of plastic waste expected to accumulate in landfills or environment by 2050

High throughput in vitro testing of BPA analogues

Scientists analyze estrogen- and androgen-like properties of BPA analogues using cell-based high throughput microscopy-employing tests; demonstrate anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic properties of TMBPF

Suggestion for EU FCM regulatory change

Koni Grob of the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton of Zurich publishes two articles proposing a new approach to FCM regulation in the EU; key elements are improved compliance work by industry thanks to better enforcement and dedicated database of approved substances and materials