Nanoparticles may affect gut function

New study finds zinc nanoparticles used in food can coatings to negatively affect intestinal functions such as nutrient absorption, iron and glucose transport

RIVM: Dietary exposure to BPA ‘very limited’

Dutch institute for public health studies national population’s exposure to bisphenol A from food, finds total intake well below tolerable daily intake, shows no single food source contributes mainly to exposure

Phthalates and blood pressure

Epidemiological study finds strong association between exposure to phthalates and high blood pressure in adults, highlights DEHP, DMP, DBEP in particular

Prenatal PFAS exposure and smaller babies

Pooled analysis of several European birth cohorts finds association of prenatal exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances with babies being born ‘small for gestational age’

Opinion: More recycling won’t fix plastic problem

Opinion article by The Guardian highlights human health impact of plastic pollution, calls for reducing plastic production and banning classes of hazardous chemicals

U.S. senator to tackle phthalates in food packaging

California senator Dianne Feinstein announces plans to introduce legislation banning phthalates in food packaging, envisages phase-out over next 5 years

Focus on PFASs

Ensia article summarizes environmental and health concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, addresses controversial substitution of long-chain PFASs with short-chain alternatives

Restaurant food likely source of phthalate exposure

New study evaluates NHANES data and finds link between food consumption at restaurants, cafeterias, fast-food outlets and increased urinary phthalate levels

DEHP and male reproductive health

New research finds reproductive abnormalities in male mice prenatally exposed to DEHP and their succeeding generations; 3rd generation effects most pronounced at lowest exposure dose

Microplastics in bottled water

New study finds microplastic particles in popular bottled water brands, detects on average 10 larger-sized microplastic particles and over 300 smaller-sized, likely also plastic particles per liter; WHO to launch review of health risks