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Studies investigate impacts of EDC exposure during pregnancy

Five studies examine effects following exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during pregnancy; report association between bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and preterm birth and decreased gestational age, especially upon exposure in third trimester of pregnancy; find contradicting results on fetal growth impacts from BPA; intake of synthetic progesterone by pregnant women found to double cancer risk of their offspring; propylparaben exposure found to alter mammary gland structure in mice

Food Packaging & Health

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A is widely used in plastic consumer products, including food packaging. It likely has been the most controversial substance of the last decade. The Food Packaging Forum provides a background article of application, toxicity and regulation of BPA as well as giving a summary of the most debated issues in the research of BPA.

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Microplastics may affect the human microbiome

Scientists explore potential impacts of microplastics on human intestine ecology; microplastics may drive unhealthy changes in the gut microbiome; authors highlight importance of assessing human microplastics exposure and hazards for the gut

Food Packaging & Health

Silicones

Silicones are an exclusive class of polymers broadly used in food contact materials. Due to their versatile properties, they are applied as fluids, rubbers and resins.