Webinar on toxicity of paper and board FCMs

Collaborative on Health and the Environment holds webinar on in vitro testing of paper and board food contact materials, January 18, 2018; registration now open

Microbiome and chemical risk assessment

U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ report outlines research strategy to assess the need for chemical risk assessments to consider interactions between chemicals and microbiota when estimating human health effects

Genotoxicity evaluation by EFSA

New scientific opinion provides detailed discussion of how EFSA evaluates potential genotoxicity of substances in food and feed risk assessments

Migration of nitrosamines from FCMs

Scientists develop analytical method to measure N-nitrosamines migrating from elastomeric food contact materials; 6 nitrosamines detected frequently; BfR-recommended limit exceeded for one styrene block copolymer sample

From scientific evidence to policy

Journal PLOS Biology publishes special edition on the effects of chemical exposures on public and environmental health; addresses gap between scientific understanding and regulation of chemicals

Rethinking safe levels

Scientific review shows that some chemicals are proportionately more toxic at lower exposure levels; “dose makes poison” principle indicates that current risk assessment approaches underestimate chemical toxicity

Environmental toxicity of nanomaterials

German Environment Agency releases reports on aquatic toxicity and environmental fate of nanomaterials

FDA roadmap for predictive toxicology

U.S. FDA publishes roadmap to further develop predictive toxicology methods for risk assessment; public workshop to be held

Regulatory status of non-animal approaches

U.S. NAS workshop suggests comparing non-animal tests to human, not rodent, data, predicts alternatives to soon replace whole-animal tests; ECHA sees “long-way” until regulatory acceptance of alternatives for complex endpoints

BPA and analogues: Multiple targets and effects

Scientists highlight BPA’s interactions with multiple molecular targets besides estrogen receptor; growing body of evidence demonstrates similar pleiotropic actions of BPA substitutes such as BPS, BPF, BPAF and others