California adjusts metal limits in recycled glass

State legislative bodies pass bill raising combined limit of four heavy metals in recycled glass packaging from 100 to 200 ppm temporarily until January 1, 2024

Cadmium in decorated glassware

Review of cadmium pigments in consumer products; food-contact relevant sources include small quantities in recycled plastics, high use in ceramic products, main exposure risk from decorative paint used on drinkware

Metals in paints on chopsticks

Scientists investigate metals in paints on chopsticks; total concentrations variable with some high values reported, resulting in ‘unacceptable’ health risks for exposure due to incidental paint ingestion or metal migration into food

Hazardous chemicals in black plastic food containers

New study detects bromine and heavy metals in black plastic food contact items; recycling of black plastic electronic waste into sensitive consumer goods discussed as source of hazardous chemicals

Mineral oils and heavy metals in dark chocolate

Danish consumer council finds cadmium, lead, mineral oils, polyaromatic hydrocarbons in dark chocolate; 5 of 12 tested brands with elevated levels

Heavy metals in color printed glasses

Czech environmental organization finds high levels of lead and cadmium in color printing of drinking glasses

U.S. state senate kills new priority chemicals bill

Maine Senate votes to reject bill listing potential priority chemicals, bill considered a sham by Environmental Health groups and Democrats

DEMOCOPHES: mothers and children exposed to harmful chemicals from food packaging

The EU study DEMOCOPHES measures environmental contaminants such as phthalates in hair and urine of mothers and children

DEMOCOPHES: environmental contaminant burden in mothers and children in Berne, Switzerland

The Federal Office for Public Health in Switzerland (BAG) states that environmental contaminant burden of substances such as phthalates and cadmium found are not at levels that would pose a risk to public health.

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.