Loopholes in U.S. food additives regulation

U.S. Senator questions FDA’s oversight of food and beverage ingredients “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS)

Unwanted chemicals in processed food

Washington Post reports on study linking high fast food consumption to increased urinary phthalate levels, discusses chemical contamination of highly processed and packaged foods

Phthalates and fast food

New study analyzes NHANES data and finds association between high fast food consumption and increased urinary phthalate levels

BPA warning label in California

State of California takes emergency action on BPA and proposes temporary uniform warning label for food cans and bottles as deadline for Prop65 compliance approaches

Opinion: Consumers want healthy food

Removing unwanted ingredients such as BPA from food products is good, however highly processed foods remain the less favorable diet option compared to fresh, unprocessed foods

Priorities for future work on food safety

EFSA-commissioned survey of expert opinions identifies 28 priority topics for work on food safety, covering chemical, microbiological and environmental risk assessment, and nutrition

Intelligent packaging: Applications overview

Scientists review basic principles and market applications of intelligent food packaging; discuss the obstacles to a broader market penetration

Manmade vs. natural estrogens

Article in Nature Reviews highlights different effect potential of manmade vs. natural estrogens in the case of soy and bisphenol A in a study with women undergoing in vitro fertilization

Irish population not at risk from chemicals in food

Irish Food Safety Authority conducts total diet study and finds exposure of country’s population to chemical contaminants in food is low and not of health concern

BPA and fertility treatment

Exposure to BPA reduces successful IVF treatments, studies find; eating soy may protect women from BPA’s adverse reproductive effects, according to most recent study