Archive for May, 2005

Breast Cancer and food packaging—is there a link?

Published: 30 May 2005
Category: Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS

According to The, “Scientists have uncovered startling evidence that oestrogen-like chemicals widely used in food packaging and dental materials may be contributing to the development of breast cancer in women.”

The article further states, “A study linked low levels of the chemicals to the development of vulnerable and hormone-sensitive breast tissue in mice. Experts believe […]


Breast cancer and plastic food containers

Published: 30 May 2005
Category: Cancer, Uncategorized

According to the Guardian Unlimited, scientists have suggested that a “chemical widely used in food packaging may be a contributing factor to women developing breast cancer.”

The current study “links the compound to the development of hormone sensitive tissue in mice and has prompted environmental campaigners to call for far tighter regulation of such chemicals.”

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Phthalates, plastics, gender benders

Published: 30 May 2005
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes reports that the findings found in a study published in the online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, are the first to “support the hypothesis that prenatal phthalate exposure at environmental levels can adversely affect male reproductive development in humans”, the authors state.

This new study, according to the article, indicates that the “exposure to normal […]


Chemicals linked to abnormalities in boys

Published: 27 May 2005
Category: Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to J.S. Online, researchers have found that phthalates, used to make plastics softer as well as hold fragrance and color in personal care products, in pregnant women may cause genital abnormalities in their newborn sons.

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Organics and Recycling

Published: 24 May 2005
Category: Recycling

People who buy organic foods tend to be more environmentally aware. They want to be sure they are helping the environment and not harming it. This story from the Toronto Star points out the whole problem with trying to “recycle” plastic. We think we are doing a good thing by dropping our plastic bottles […]


Bisphenol A still at large, despite available food packaging options free of toxic chemicals

Published: 12 May 2005
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS reports on a scientific study conducted by a University of Cincinnati scientific team that reveals that BPA disrupts the effects of estrogen in the developing brain “at surprisingly low doses.” According to the article, prior scientific research has implicated BPA in disease or developmental problems, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, brain development and […]