Prenatal cadmium levels associated with lower IQ in children

Cohort study in rural Bangladesh finds that maternal cadmium levels are linked to IQ in 5-year-olds.

CDC release updated human exposure data

CDC release updated human exposure data from NHANES on food contact substances

Health Canada: Bisphenol A from dietary exposure is safe

Health Canada reaffirmed its earlier conclusion that dietary exposure to Bisphenol A is not thought to pose a health risk

Belgium bans Bisphenol A for young children

Belgium adopted a ban of Bisphenol A in all food contact materials of products aimed at children under three.

Gain weight because of endocrine disruption?

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.

NGOs add EDCs as an emerging issue to their agenda

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

Scientists meet in Berlin 11-13 September

Experts meet in Berlin 11-13 September to discuss low dose effects and non-monotonic dose responses

Denmark plans to ban four phthalates

Denmark’s Ministry of the Environment has decided to move forward with a ban of the four phthalates DEH, DBP, DIBP and BBP

NY Times on EDCs

Op-ed in NY Times calls for more regulation of EDCs, discusses new research on epigenetic transgenerational effects of BPA.

Spain aims to restrict use of recycled material in food contact materials

The proposal would limit the use of recycled material in PET food contact materials to 50%