New book on environmental chemicals and child health

Experts on pediatrics and public health publish book on effects of ubiquitous chemical exposures on children’s health; focus on non-communicable diseases such as autism, ADHD, birth defects, cancer

Stakeholders comment on evaluation of EU FCM regulation

Industry, authorities and NGOs respond to EU Commission’s consultation on the evaluation and fitness of food contact regulation 1935/2004; Food Packaging Forum highlights assessment of chemical migration from finished articles

Global health costs of chemical exposures

New study estimates health costs linked to environmental chemicals may exceed 10% of global GDP; NGO calls for greater prioritization of health and prevention in policy making

U.S. EPA’s activities on perchlorate

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes measure to reduce exposure to perchlorate from drinking water, releases report confirming perchlorate’s effects on fetal brain development

PFOA and PFOS listed under Proposition 65

U.S. state California adds PFOA and PFOS to list of reproductive toxicants due to adverse developmental effects, also lists TBBPA as carcinogen

Documentary about EDCs and brain development

TV channel Arte screens documentary highlighting effects of endocrine disruptors on brain development and function, November 11, 2017

Online tool to protect children from chemical exposures

Swedish Chemicals Agency publishes website with information and advice on children’s everyday exposure to chemicals, includes section on food and food contact materials

Focus on ‘BPA-free’ products

Article discusses common BPA substitutes and whether products labeled ‘BPA-free’ are safer

More evidence on hazard potential of BPA and BPS

Endocrine Society highlights 3 scientific studies investigating effects of bisphenol A and its common substitute bisphenol S on body weight, liver development, and breast cancer

Steep decline in sperm counts of Western men

New study finds 50-60% decline in sperm counts between 1973 and 2011 among men from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand; authors see declining sperm counts as signal of risk to men’s overall health