Presentations from the FACET closing conference available online

FACET publishes the presentations on the latest dietary exposure tool, which had been presented at the closing conference in October

Need for inclusion of migration risks from packaging in the evaluation of organic foods

Report on the evaluation of organic foods states that the migration risks posed by packaging materials may be of greater importance than the contamination with pesticides

Aromatic Mineral Oils measured in chocolate from advent calendars

A German Consumer Protection Agency measures mineral oils at levels higher than 10mg/kg in chocolate from advent calendars and finds some to be contaminated with aromatic mineral oils

Ingestion of phthalates may also be linked to asthma

Irrespective of the route of exposure, a high body burden of phthalates was found to be associated with asthma in Norwegian children

New study finds humidity to be crucial for assessing migration

Danish researchers have studied migration of benzophenone from paperboard into a solid food simulant and identified relative humidity as a critical factor that needs to be taken into account in migration modelling of compounds with aromatic groups.

Virtual forum on childhood obesity and environmental factors

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is hosting a virtual forum on childhood obesity and possible links to environmental exposures. In particular, early life chemical exposures will be explored as a possible explanation for the huge increase in obesity in the U.S. and around the world.

Nature: Linking obesity and Bisphenol A

Researcher reviews in the scientific journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology evidence of Bisphenol A causing obesity in children and adolescents .

European total diet study to estimate exposure to contaminants in food

A Europe wide research project will analyze contaminants in a wide variety of foods to estimate total dietary exposure.

German television channel finds diethylhexyl phthalate in food

A sampling of different food stuffs by a northern German broadcast finds the phthalate diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) in packed cheese, butter and cream.