Children significantly exposed to EDCs and neurotoxins

Danish EPA assesses risk of young and unborn children’s exposure to endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins; phthalates, bisphenol A, and lead identified among most critical substances

Restriction of 4 phthalates progressing

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis issues final opinion in favor of banning endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in consumer articles; all 4 phthalates relevant for food contact materials

In vitro testing of paper and board FCMs

Scientists test paper and board FCMs in 8 in vitro bioassays; all 20 samples showed positive responses in at least one of the assays; chemicals in paper and board FCMs require further investigation to ensure safety

DEHP increases BPA exposure

Scientists show that diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) leads to higher accumulation of bisphenol A (BPA) in reproductive tissues of mice, likely due to competition for detoxification enzymes

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

Webcasts: Six classes of hazardous chemicals

Green Science Policy Institute holds 3 webcasts about six classes of chemicals of concern in everyday products on June 22, June 29, July 6, 2017; registration now open

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

Hazardous chemicals in the diet

Environmental Defense Fund blog post summarizes potentially dangerous chemicals present in food and food packaging; urges U.S. Congress and FDA to take action

ECHA committees agree on restriction of 4 phthalates

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis support proposal to ban endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in various articles; all 4 substances relevant for food contact materials

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