Discount retailers pushed to act on harmful chemicals

Center for Environmental Health and Campaign for Healthier Solutions urge U.S. discount retailers to take action on fluorinated chemicals in microwave popcorn bags

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’

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

Washington State bans PFASs in food packaging

Governor of U.S. state Washington signs bill into law banning the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in food packaging by 2022 if alternatives can be found by 2020

U.S. EPA holds summit on PFASs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discusses actions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at national summit to be held on May 22-23, 2018 in Washington D.C.

Influence of consumer and retailer demands

U.S. state regulations, consumer and retailer actions on chemicals in food packaging more effective than FDA regulation, according to experts at Chemical Watch conference

Helping retailers phase-out harmful chemicals

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families targets methylene chloride, PFASs, ortho-phthalates for 2018 ranking of retailers’ progress in removing toxic chemicals from products

Local U.S. ban on PFASs in food packaging

State of Washington foresees ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in food packaging by 2021 if safer alternatives can be identified

More information on PFHxS needed

Report by Norwegian Environment Agency finds “lack of available information” on production and use of PFHxS; substance possibly used in food packaging

PFASs linked to weight gain

New study by Harvard scientists finds association between higher PFASs blood levels and greater weight gain after dieting; high PFASs levels also linked to low resting metabolic rates