UK Plastics Pact 2025 roadmap

UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) publishes UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025, outlines key actions to take to tackle plastic pollution

Thoughts on ‘plastic backlash’

Article in The Guardian ruminates on the history of plastics, reasons for current ‘backlash,’ possible outcomes and way forward

Persistence as cause of concern

Scientists review environmental implications of high persistence, argue that ‘highly persistent chemicals should be regulated on the basis of their persistence alone,’ regardless of bioaccumulation and toxicity propertie

Risk assessment for styrene oligomers

Risk assessment based on TTC and FACET methodology finds low risk for styrene dimers and trimers migrating from polystyrene food containers

BPA and prostate cancer risk

CLARITY-BPA academic study confirms increased susceptibility to hormonally induced prostate cancer in rats developmentally exposed to bisphenol A

Draft toxicity assessment for GenX and PFBS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases draft toxicity assessments for fluorinated substances ‘GenX chemicals’ and PFBS, used as replacements for PFOA and PFOS; public comments accepted for 60 days after publication in Federal Register

FDA to de-authorize 26 phthalates

U.S. Food and Drug Administration opens public comment period on revoking approvals for using 26 ortho-phthalates in food contact applications due to abandonment of use by industry; public comments accepted until January 14, 2019

Opinion: SVHC database not ‘crazy’

NGO ChemSec positively comments on the SVHC database being developed by European Chemistry Agency, calls on industry to invest in transparency and ‘think outside of the box’

EFSA: Consultation on TTC guidance

EFSA opens public consultation for guidance on using threshold of toxicological concern (TTC) in food safety assessment; public comments to be provided until January 8, 2019

Substitution analysis for plastic packaging

Life cycle assessment study commissioned by American Chemistry Council finds packaging plastics to have more favorable environmental profile than alternatives made of glass, metal, paper, textile, wood