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

Phthalates’ impact on human health

Scientists compile comprehensive review on phthalates, focus on human health effects observed in epidemiological and clinical studies

Plastics additives in marine environment

Scientists review occurrence and effects of plastics additives in marine environment; focus on brominated flame retardants, nonylphenols, bisphenol A, antioxidants

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