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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

Reducing perchlorate in food

Communication by German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment addresses perchlorate in food, calls for reduction of perchlorate levels in food, omits intentional use in FCMs as significant exposure source

Opinion: FDA fails to ensure food safety

Scientific perspectives article discusses current gaps in assessment and regulation of chemicals in food by U.S. FDA, illustrates problems with perchlorate example, calls for immediate action to protect child health

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

Update: FDA’s inaction on perchlorate

NGO highlights U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s failure to investigate sources of increased perchlorate levels in food; no response yet to NGO objection to continued use of perchlorate in food packaging

EFSA: Dietary exposure to perchlorate

EFSA publishes assessment report on human dietary exposure to perchlorate; younger population shows higher exposure levels than older population

NGOs challenge FDA’s inaction on perchlorates in antistatics

Several U.S. NGOs file objection to FDA’s decision for continued use of perchlorates in antistatic agents in food packaging; formal public hearing requested

FDA denies action on perchlorates in antistatics

U.S. FDA supports industry petition and revokes use of potassium perchlorate in sealing gaskets for food containers; denies action on NGO petition to revoke perchlorate use in antistatic agents in food contact articles

Hazardous chemicals in the diet

Environmental Defense Fund blog post summarizes potentially dangerous chemicals present in food and food packaging; urges U.S. Congress and FDA to take action

Chemicals harm brain development

New report by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust summarizes the effects of environmental chemicals on child brain development; calls for phasing out harmful chemicals as groups, not removing them one by one

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