EU environment committee supports draft BPA regulation

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee votes in favor of EU Commission’s draft regulation on bisphenol A in food contact materials

Opinion: FDA fails to ensure food safety

Scientific perspectives article discusses current gaps in assessment and regulation of chemicals in food by U.S. FDA, illustrates problems with perchlorate example, calls for immediate action to protect child health

From scientific evidence to policy

Journal PLOS Biology publishes special edition on the effects of chemical exposures on public and environmental health; addresses gap between scientific understanding and regulation of chemicals

Rethinking safe levels

Scientific review shows that some chemicals are proportionately more toxic at lower exposure levels; “dose makes poison” principle indicates that current risk assessment approaches underestimate chemical toxicity

Global health costs of chemical exposures

New study estimates health costs linked to environmental chemicals may exceed 10% of global GDP; NGO calls for greater prioritization of health and prevention in policy making

PFOA and PFOS listed under Proposition 65

U.S. state California adds PFOA and PFOS to list of reproductive toxicants due to adverse developmental effects, also lists TBBPA as carcinogen

Environmental pollution causes premature deaths

New study by The Lancet illustrates health and economic burden of air, water, and soil pollution from e.g. fuel combustion and toxic chemicals; authors propose pollution control solutions

Obesity increased tenfold in children and teens

New WHO study finds worldwide rise in childhood and teen obesity between 1975 and 2016; NGO discusses metabolic disruptors as contributing factor to obesity epidemic

WHO: Environmental risk factors and noncommunicable diseases

World Health Organization publishes new report highlighting contribution of environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals, to noncommunicable diseases burden

Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols

Coop Denmark launches campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, urges Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and bisphenols in food contact materials