Sweden addresses ‘cocktail effects’ and grouping of chemicals

Government of Sweden investigates how to consider chemicals’ ‘cocktail effects’ and regulate similar substances in groups within EU chemicals legislation

TBBPA and triclosan cause higher BPA exposure

Mice study shows that co-exposure with tetrabromobisphenol A and triclosan alters toxicokinetics of BPA, results in elevated tissue levels

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

Symposium on challenges in risk assessment

BfR, NIFDS, ANSES and DTU host joint international symposium on risk assessment and consumer health protection, November 30-December 1, 2017 in Berlin; registration open until November 24, 2017

FPF Workshop 2017: Toxicological assessments and migration testing

Experts from academia, food industry and authorities present scientific and practical challenges in toxicological assessments and migration measurements

Danish retailer pushes for ban on PFASs and bisphenols

Coop Denmark launches campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, urges Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and bisphenols in food contact materials

In vitro testing of FCMs: Current science and future challenges

New scientific study by FPF summarizes research on alternative toxicity testing of FCMs, finds approach promising and feasible; sample preparation methods need to be optimized and standardized; employed assays should be of clear human health relevance

RIVM: Annual report 2016 online

Dutch institute for public health and environment (RIVM) publishes annual report 2016

DEHP increases BPA exposure

Scientists show that diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) leads to higher accumulation of bisphenol A (BPA) in reproductive tissues of mice, likely due to competition for detoxification enzymes

Parabens increase BPA exposure

Parabens inhibit several biotransformation enzymes involved in steroid hormone metabolism and chemical detoxification; study in mice shows that co-exposure with butyl paraben results in elevated internal levels of estradiol and BPA