Drinking water source and human antimony levels

A study published in the scientific peer-reviewed Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology assessed human exposure to antimony. Antimony concentrations measured in people showed no conclusive association with drinking water sources, even though antimony is used in PET bottles. Levels in women were higher indicating the need for additional research into possible sex-specific effects.

EU Commission announces annual activities for food contact materials in 2013

Plans include an impact assessment for food contact materials not explicitly regulated on EU level, new migration testing guidelines, an assessment of surface biocide regulation for food contact material use and preparations of a first positive list for active and intelligent materials and as well as of further authorizations of  plastic recycling processes. Ongoing efforts are addressing the revision of the ceramics directive.

New method for analysis of BPA in recycled food contact paper

Spanish study shows new and fast method allows for an accurate determination of bisphenol-type compounds and measured BPA in all analyzed recycled materials.

New scientific study: antimony exposure linked to water source

First study of its kind investigating link between antimony exposure and drinking water source

BPA found in human fetal livers, slower BPA metabolism in fetuses suggested

Researchers find free and conjugated BPA in human fetal livers from voluntary early pregnancy terminations confirming an earlier finding. Presented data is suggestive of a slower metabolism in fetuses relative to adults, however based on a limited reference group size.

US EPA to publish a state of the science report on endocrine disruptors by the end of 2013

The US EPA responds to rising public and scientific concern regarding low-dose, hormone-like chemicals with a new state-of-the-science report scheduled for the end of 2013.

Babybottles on Austrian market are BPA free but contain chemicals such as benzophenone

Austrian environmental protection organization finds infant feeding bottles to be BPA free but contaminated with other controversial chemicals, such as benzophenone.

France bans BPA and awaits European response

The French Senate definitively adopted the ban of BPA in all food contact materials by 2015 without modifications. Now the European Commission is required to respond to the law which is not in agreement with general European community law.

French BPA ban in food contact materials not approved of by industry

PlasticsEurope rejects new French bill banning BPA in direct food contact applications, starting January 2015. The bill is in conflict with existing European law and forces the EU Commission to act by either introducing the same measures in all of Europe, or taking legal action against France. A new scientific opinion by EFSA on BPA is expected in May 2013.

Endocrine disruption and the next generation of chemicals

Chemists, toxicologists collaborate to develop safer chemicals by compiling a Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption (TiPED) testing, published in the Green Chemistry journal. Their goal is to eliminate the hazard of endocrine disruption, rather than attempting to control exposures as current approaches do. Certainty on absence of endocrine disruption currently can only be achieved with whole organism experiments, according to the authors.