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

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

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

FCM regulation in China: Importer challenges

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

Fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging in U.S.

Scientists demonstrate high prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in U.S. fast food packaging; PFOA found despite phase out announced

EU human biomonitoring launched

European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) launched on December 8, 2016, followed by stakeholder meeting; prioritized substances include plasticizers, bisphenols, PFASs, anilines

PFOA and PFOS hazardous to human immune system

U.S. National Toxicology Program publishes systematic review on exposure to PFOA and PFOS and immunotoxicity, concludes that both substances are presumed immune hazards to humans

Case studies on substitution of hazardous chemicals

ECHA publishes two new case studies on replacing per- and polyfluorinated chemicals as well as bisphenols in consumer products