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.

EFSA authorizes six PET recycling processes for up to 100 % use in food contact materials

EFSA authorized PET recycling processes based on the STARLINGER IV+ technology and the “RPET Nosinyec process”

Scientific publication lights the way on safety assessment of new chemicals

A new scientific, peer-reviewed article published in the journal Green Chemistry discusses how the hazard of endocrine disruption can be eliminated already in the design stage for new chemicals.

PFOS exposure reduced through phase-out, but substitute on the rise

Study of 13 PFAAs shows that while PFOS levels in blood serum have rapidly declined since the phase out in 2002, PFBS levels are now doubling every 6 years.