Colloquium on safety of food packaging

Society of Toxicology and FDA hold colloquium on safety assessment of food packaging and other food contact substances on May 23, 2017 in Maryland, U.S.; registration open until May 15, 2017

Opinion: Industry should replace titanium dioxide

French food safety agency issues opinion on TiO2 nanoparticles as food additive; recommends further research and limiting exposure of workers, consumers, and environment

Parabens increase BPA exposure

Parabens inhibit several biotransformation enzymes involved in steroid hormone metabolism and chemical detoxification; study in mice shows that co-exposure with butyl paraben results in elevated internal levels of estradiol and BPA

Chemical analysis of bottled waters in France

Scientists analyze French natural mineral waters and spring waters at bottling plants; hormones, pharmaceuticals, phthalates not detected; few samples contain low levels of herbicides, alkylphenols, or PFASs

PFASs in the environment

Scientists characterize global patterns of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the environment; emissions likely to continue for years to come; more research needed to cover PFASs other than PFOS and PFOA

Tracking fluorinated chemicals in the body

Scientists apply radiolabeling to study internal distribution of perfluorocarboxylic acids in mice; find uptake of both long- and short-chain substances in various tissues; method broadly applicable to study PFAS distribution in body and environment

Fluorochemicals in popcorn bags worldwide

Scientists quantify per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and their precursors in microwave popcorn bags sampled in Europe, Americas, Asia; short-chain PFASs prevalent in Europe and Americas, long-chain PFASs in Asia

Reference guide on health effects of chemicals

Integrative Environmental Medicine book provides comprehensive overview of chemical effects on health, outlines resources and tools helping to reduce exposure and risks

Prenatal phthalate exposure and male genital development

Study finds inverse association between mothers’ urinary phthalate levels and free testosterone blood levels in early pregnancy; lower free testosterone in mothers associated with higher prevalence of genital abnormalities in baby boys

Fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging in Europe

European survey looks at fluorinated substances in fast food packaging; finds levels above the limit value recommended by Danish authorities in 2015, indicative of intentional use