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

Opinion: Use of plastic packaging must stop

Former CEO of UK’s retailer Asda claims that recycling alone cannot solve ‘plastic proliferation crisis’; calls on supermarkets to replace plastic packaging by alternative packaging, proposes creating ‘plastic-free aisles’

Legal options for EDC criteria

Several options exist for EU Commission’s next actions on EDC criteria for pesticides; legal experts see responding to EP’s objection concerning exemption for pesticides with intended endocrine mode of action as the quickest way forward

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

ANSES: Not enough data on TMBPF

ANSES finds insufficient data to conclude on the potential endocrine disrupting properties of tetramethylbisphenol F (TMBPF), a bisphenol A alternative

EC: REACH amendments for nanomaterials

EU Commission publishes draft regulation amending REACH Annexes ‘to address nanoforms of substances’; consultation open until November 6, 2017

FSANZ: No risk from food packaging chemicals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) completes the assessment “Chemical Migration from Packaging into Food”; finds exposures ‘low and unlikely to pose a public health and safety concern’; plans to develop information guide for businesses to support risk management

ECHA approves five uses for biocides

Biocidal Products Committee of ECHA adopts 10 opinions on applications for approval of 3 biocides; PHMB may be approved for food and feed

EU’s non-toxic strategy reports

EU Commission publishes comprehensive study and 7 sub-studies on its non-toxic environment strategy

Substances of concern in the circular economy

EU Parliament addresses the fate of chemicals in the circular economy, supports the development of non-toxic material cycles