EFSA reevaluation of BPA: 6th meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel Working Group on BPA assessment protocol holds sixth meeting on the reevaluation of BPA safety; meeting minutes available online

Estrogenic activity of BPA alternatives

Study assesses estrogenicity of bisphenol A and 6 bisphenol analogues in human breast cancer cell model; all bisphenols show estrogenic activity; 3 bisphenols more potent than BPA

EFSA reevaluation of BPA: 4th and 5th meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel Working Group on BPA assessment protocol holds fourth and fifth meeting on the safety reevaluation of BPA; meeting minutes available online

Chemicals harm brain development

New report by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust summarizes the effects of environmental chemicals on child brain development; calls for phasing out harmful chemicals as groups, not removing them one by one

Fluorene-9-bisphenol is anti-estrogenic

Scientists examine occurrence and effects of bisphenol A substitute, fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF); BHPF present in about half of ‘BPA-free’ bottles; BHPF is anti-estrogenic, causes smaller wombs, miscarriages, and smaller pups in mice

BPA and autoimmune disorders

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

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

EU working group on FCMs: New meeting minutes

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses ex-post evaluation of FCM framework regulation, supply chain survey, EU measure on printed FCMs, plastic recycling, and monitoring of mineral oils in food and FCMs

“Should I worry about plastics?”

BBC2 report investigates chemical exposure from plastic food packaging and consults with leading toxicologists; likely no concern for average adults; reducing plastic use recommended

Academic research vs. guideline studies

Article in Science illustrates gap between academic researchers and regulators about scientific evidence use in assessment of chemicals’ health risks