EFSA updates OpenFoodTox database

European Food Safety Authority updates its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards with more chemicals and health based guidance values, improves interface to facilitate data exploration

Four acrylates possibly carcinogenic

International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies four acrylates used in food contact materials as possibly carcinogenic to humans; American Chemistry Council criticizes the decision

NGOs comment on EC’s roadmap for EDCs

Health and Environment Alliance calls on EU Commission to include actions aimed at exposure reduction into its roadmap for EU framework on EDCs; CHEM Trust requests addressing EDCs across all EU legislations

Technical solutions for studying microplastics

Overview papers discuss characterization and identification of microplastics by techniques based on (micro-)Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

Microplastic and pigment particles in water

Scientists detect thousands of small particles of microplastics, pigments, additives in bottled mineral water; higher particle content in reusable paper-labeled bottles; printing inks on labels identified as novel contamination source

Market studies on nanomaterials

European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials identifies parameters for reliable market studies

‘High ambition alliance’ on chemicals and waste

Global framework targeting chemicals and waste recognizes urgency for political commitment

Phthalates reduce neuron numbers in developing brain

Rats perinatally exposed to phthalates show lower number of neurons and synapses in the brain, decreased cognitive flexibility

Computational method outperforms animal tests

Predictions of acute health hazards by ‘data fusion’ read-across structure activity relationship (RASAR) modeling reported to be more reproducible than animal testing data

Recycling of black plastics

UK plastics producer, retailers, recycler collaborate to recycle black PET trays from mixed waste household collection into new food grade packaging