The application of engineered nanomaterials in food contact materials is considered promising tool to improve functionality, but knowledge about exposure and toxicity remains limited. The Food Packaging Forum reviews applications, exposure, toxicity and regulation of nanomaterials.
Common contaminants from printing inks
EHP publishes a letter to Gayrard et al. and the researchers’ response, points to differences in BPA exposure throughout the body
French human biomonitoring study reveals that most pregnant women have quantifiable levels of EDCs in their bodies
UV filters are added to food packaging in order to protect the food packaging from degradation, as well as the food contained within from harmful UV light. UV filters may migrate into food stuff. They have been associated with endocrine activity, cancer and contact sensitization.
Scientists develop radiolabeling method to trace per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) uptake and distribution in mice; observe uptake in all organs, transport from mother to fetus across placenta; highest uptake in liver after tail vein administration, in lungs after oral gavage
Alliance of non-governmental organizations Global Initiative for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) publishes technical report and research briefing on chemical recycling technologies for plastic waste; identifies limitations related to environmental emissions, carbon footprint, scale-up, economic viability; argues chemical recycling does not fit within circular economy
Endocrinologist questions US FDA approach to triclosan safety, calls for labeling of consumer products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals
Soup consumption did not lead to higher levels of the active form of BPA in blood of human volunteers, BPA eliminated in urine within 24 hours
Researchers publish review discussing oral dosing via gavage for risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals; criticize human risk assessment requirements for relevant exposure route