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

DCHP and TMA identified as SVHCs

EU REACH Committee classifies dicyclohexyl phthalate and trimellitic anhydride as substances of very high concern; both substances relevant for food contact

U.S. bans 5 phthalates in children’s products

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission adopts final rule restricting use of DIBP, DnPP, DnHP, DCHP and DINP in toys and child care articles; rule takes effect on April 25, 2018

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