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

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

EFSA working group on phthalates: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on phthalates reassesses safety of DBP, BBP and DEHP for food contact plastics; updated meeting minutes now available online

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

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

EFSA working group on phthalates: 1st meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on phthalates reassesses safety of DBP, BBP and DEHP for food contact plastics; minutes of first meeting now available online

New book on environmental chemicals and child health

Experts on pediatrics and public health publish book on effects of ubiquitous chemical exposures on children’s health; focus on non-communicable diseases such as autism, ADHD, birth defects, cancer

ECHA recommends 7 SVHCs for authorization

ECHA prioritizes 7 substances of very high concern to be added to REACH Authorisation List; 6 substances potentially relevant for food contact

Action needed on phthalates in food

Article in Environmental Health News highlights growing consumer concern about phthalates and other chemicals in food; action expected to happen in the marketplace