Action needed on phthalates in food

Article in Environmental Health News highlights growing consumer concern about phthalates and other chemicals in food; action expected to happen in the marketplace

Symposium on challenges in risk assessment

BfR, NIFDS, ANSES and DTU host joint international symposium on risk assessment and consumer health protection, November 30-December 1, 2017 in Berlin; registration open until November 24, 2017

EFSA: Dietary exposure to perchlorate

EFSA publishes assessment report on human dietary exposure to perchlorate; younger population shows higher exposure levels than older population

Dissolvable milk pods for coffee

German researchers develop dissolvable, single-serve milk and sugar capsules for hot drinks as alternative to coffee creamers packaged in small plastic containers

Lead in U.S. baby food

New study by Environmental Defense Fund finds U.S. baby foods more frequently contaminated with lead than regular non-baby foods, urges FDA and manufacturers to reduce children’s exposure to lead

EFSA guidance on substances in infant food

EFSA issues new guidance on the risk assessment of substances in food intended for infants younger than 16 weeks; guidance applies from now on to EFSA food safety assessments

Chemicals in coatings of coffee to go cups

German TV program investigates composition of plastic inner coatings of coffee to go cups; finds samples to contain diisodecyl phthalate and long-chain hydrocarbons

Microplastics in sea salt

Researchers find microplastic particles in commercial sea salts from different countries; human intake estimated to be low; more research needed to assess health risks

Podcast on plasticizers and fast food

Environmental Defense Fund podcast discusses scientific study showing link between high fast food consumption and increased urinary phthalate levels

Recall of Dutch waffles highly contaminated with mineral oils

Dutch waffles recalled in Belgium and the Netherlands due to contamination with MOAH and MOSH at levels of up to 190 ppm and exceeding 1,000 ppm, respectively; exact source of contamination not known