Estimating non-dietary exposure to chemicals

EFSA report summarizes estimation methods for non-dietary exposure to chemicals from consumer products and the environment, provides examples for BPA

EFSA: Plastic pollution in food

EFSA’s CONTAM Panel issues scientific statement on microplastics and nanoplastics in seafood; considers consumers’ exposure to plastic additives and contaminants low and unlikely to be harmful

EFSA: Reviewing immunotoxicity of BPA

EFSA expert working group starts review of potential effects of BPA on immune system; CEF Panel to issue scientific statement in September 2016

BPA in various food products

Environmental Working Group launches database with over 16,000 food products possibly in contact with BPA-containing food packaging

BPA and hyperactivity in children

New study finds association between higher urinary BPA levels and prevalence of ADHD in U.S. children

Are BPA analogues safe?

Scientists review data on exposure to and toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA) analogues BPAF, BPB, BPF, and BPS; highlight similar actions and increasing environmental presence of alternatives; call for comprehensive comparative analysis

Environmental chemicals and child health

Scientists review epidemiological evidence on associations between environmental pollutants and child health; find ‘moderate’ evidence for perfluorooctanoate and reduced fetal growth; literature on bisphenol A and phthalates ‘inconsistent’

Toxicity assessment of sol-gel coatings

Scientists assess sol-gel coatings on polycarbonate plastics; migration found below the overall migration limit; no genotoxicity or estrogenicity in vitro

BPA and childhood obesity

New study finds association between prenatal BPA exposure and body fat outcomes in New York City children

“Microwave-safe” food containers

TIME article addresses chemical migration from “microwave-safe” plastic containers into food and ways to reduce chemical exposure