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

Controversy over DINCH

McGill university study shows exposure of pregnant rats to DINCH results in liver metabolism impairment and ‘testicular atrophy’ in the male progeny; BASF scientists depict study as ‘flawed,’ maintain that DINCH is safe for use in food contact applications

Priority substances for EU biomonitoring project

Stakeholder NGOs and industry groups nominate priority substances for European Human Biomonitoring Initiative; deadline for nomination is September 2017

U.S.: 7 plastics exempted from phthalates testing

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission frees 7 plastic materials from testing for phthalates in children’s products because they are unlikely to contain the substances

U.S. to take action on 5 phthalates

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to finalize rule that could ban 5 phthalates in children’s products by October 18, 2017; substances also relevant for food contact materials

U.S. senator worried about phthalates in food packaging

New York senator Chuck Schumer urges U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate safety of phthalates in food packaging and ban them if found harmful

Assessing low-dose toxicity of EDCs

New report by the National Academies of Sciences presents strategy to evaluate low-dose effects of endocrine active substances, provides systematic reviews for phthalates and PBDEs

Phthalates linked to chronic diseases

Scientists observe positive association between total urinary phthalates and cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic low-grade inflammation in men

Phthalates found in ‘mac and cheese’

Phthalates found in 29 out of 30 tested U.S. cheese products; concentrations higher in processed compared to unprocessed cheeses; highest phthalate content found in powdered cheese from ‘mac and cheese’ ready meals

PFHxS added to Candidate List

European Chemicals Agency adds perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS) to candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC); updates entries for BPA and four phthalates to include endocrine disrupting properties for human health