Polystyrene microplastic and intestinal tissue

Experimental study examined uptake and effects of polystyrene microplastic on human intestinal cells and on mice; finds no relevant acute health risks to mammals

Vermont and California legislation on single-use packaging

Bills in both states aim to curb the use of single-use packaging and products; Vermont bans polystyrene packaging, plastic bags, straws; California to reduce waste from single-use packaging and products by 75%, require recyclability or compostability

Law firm questions Prop 65 recommendation

Keller and Heckman LLP perplexed by recommendation included in California state fact sheet on styrene under Proposition 65

Maine bans polystyrene food containers

U.S. state of Maine passes bill banning polystyrene food service containers; set to come into force January 2021

Risk assessment for styrene oligomers

Risk assessment based on TTC and FACET methodology finds low risk for styrene dimers and trimers migrating from polystyrene food containers

Documentary on EDCs in food packaging

New documentary explains endocrine disruption, highlights presence of endocrine disruptors in food packaging, presents possible solutions to reduce exposure

Polystyrene recycling to be set up in France

Consortium of French companies and organizations to develop industrial-scale polystyrene recycling channel in France by 2020

New York State rejects fluorinated food containers

U.S. state New York restricts state agencies’ procurement of food containers and wrappers containing PFASs or polystyrene

IARC: Styrene ‘probably carcinogenic’

International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that styrene and styrene-6,8-oxide are ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’

PAHs in polystyrene FCMs

Scientists detect polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in polystyrene FCMs; PAHs could be formed during production or absorbed during use; PAH contamination may require special attention to ensure safety of polystyrene FCMs