A study by scientists from the New York University’s School of Medicine published in September 2012 found elevated levels of a common food contact substance, bisphenol A (BPA), to be associated with a higher risk for being overweight in children and adolescents. The study used nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study collected in 6 to 19 year old US inhabitants. The study’s design does not permit conclusions regarding causation, however biological plausible explanations of how BPA may cause overweight or obesity do exist, making the study relevant and highlighting the need for further research.
At the international conference in September delegates agreed to include new measures to a multistakeholder policy framework on the safer production and use of chemicals
Experts meet in Berlin 11-13 September to discuss low dose effects and non-monotonic dose responses
Denmark’s Ministry of the Environment has decided to move forward with a ban of the four phthalates DEH, DBP, DIBP and BBP
Op-ed in NY Times calls for more regulation of EDCs, discusses new research on epigenetic transgenerational effects of BPA.
The proposal would limit the use of recycled material in PET food contact materials to 50%
In an opinion published in June EFSA concludes that there might be a need of reconsideration of Acceptable Daily Intakes (ADIs) of some Mineral Oil ‘saturated’ Hydrocarbons (MOSHs)
A joint European project called ISA-pack shall develop a PHB bioplastic able to reduce food waste through extending shelf life.