The future of the PET industry

Petcore Europe annual conference looks at opportunities and challenges for PET in the circular economy; conference proceedings now available

EFSA: Survey on uncertainty in risk assessment

EFSA runs survey on communication of uncertainty in scientific risk assessments

FCM regulation in China: Importer challenges

Law firm Keller and Heckman points out differences in FCM regulation in the EU, U.S., and China

Lack of ‘nano’ in OECD nanomaterials dossiers

NGO-commissioned study finds that OECD’s dossiers on 11 nanomaterials are of ‘little to no value’ in assessing risks; characterization of test materials in most cases ‘insufficient’ to ensure nano-specificity

BPA and autoimmune disorders

Scientists report evidence suggesting that immune reactivity to BPA bound to human tissue proteins may contribute to neurological autoimmune disorders

IARC replies to critiques

IARC scientists reply to critical commentary; point out the importance of hazard classification as an initial step in the risk assessment process, highlight the role of epidemiological evidence

Antiandrogenic chemicals in food

Scientists review food components and contaminants that can act as (anti)androgens; in vitro-based computational model for interactions with androgen receptor identifies active chemicals in ToxCast dataset

Aggregate exposure assessment for BPA

Scientists discuss aggregate exposure assessment for bisphenol A; source-to-dose (forward) and biomonitoring-based (backward) calculation resulted in similar estimates; 90% of exposure comes from diet and the remaining 10% mainly from dermal exposure

EFSA study: Bioaccumulation and toxicity of mineral oils

New EFSA scientific study tests different mixtures of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH), relevant to human diet, in rats; bioaccumulation at low dose MOSH exposure in humans possibly underestimated; MOSH appear persistent in adipose tissue

Overlap of EU regulations on FCMs and biocides

Approval of biocidal active substances in food contact applications discussed, legal uncertainties highlighted by experts