EFSA working group updates: September 2019

Minutes from recent meetings of the EFSA working groups on BPS, BPA, FCMs, phthalates, and recycling plastic available

Study on BPS, BPF, and obesity

Researchers investigate urinary concentrations of bisphenols A, S, and F in relation to body mass in children and adolescents; results suggest correlation with obesity; authors recommend caution when interpreting results, call for future monitoring

EFSA: 2nd meeting of BPS working group

Minutes of the 2nd meeting of EFSA’s working group on bisphenol S now available online; group provides recommendations for revision of report on chronic toxicity study, discusses toxicokinetic study results

EFSA: First meeting of BPS working group

European Food Safety Authority’s Working Group on Bisphenol S reviews reproductive toxicity study

EU commission calls for additional FCM testing

European Commission asks EU member states to carry out additional tests to determine prevalence of substance migration from food contact materials and articles; recommendation targets primary aromatic amines, bisphenols, plasticizers, and fluorinated compounds

Documentary on EDCs in food packaging

New documentary explains endocrine disruption, highlights presence of endocrine disruptors in food packaging, presents possible solutions to reduce exposure

BPA substitutes and chromosomal abnormalities

Mice exposed to low doses of BPA, BPS, diphenyl sulfone, BPF, BPAF exhibit chromosomal abnormalities that persist for several generations, according to new study in Current Biology

Ban of BPA substitutes

New York City plans to extent current bisphenol A ban by prohibiting 6 BPA substitutes in children’s products

Replacing hazardous chemicals with similarly toxic alternatives

New report by NGO CHEM Trust highlights necessity to regulate groups of similar chemicals to avoid regrettable substitutions, illustrates replacement of BPA with BPS and other analogues as example

ANSES to study EDCs and bisphenols

ANSES selects 36 new research projects to be conducted under French national “Environment-Health-Work” research program; includes studies on endocrine disruptors, bisphenols, micro- and nanoplastics