Archive for July, 2008

European Food Safety Authority Angers Health Campaigners

Published: 31 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Daily Mail” reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has angered campaigners by rejecting a raft of research highlighting health risks caused by bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in certain plastic containers. The EU rejected calls to ban baby bottles made with BPA, which is allegedly linked to breast cancer and fertility […]

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EUs Top Food Safety Body Determines BPA Harm Negligible

Published: 31 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Reuters” reports the European Union’s top food safety body, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has determined the amount of a controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) found in baby bottles is tiny and cannot harm human health. Controversy surrounding the potential harmfulness of BPA erupted in the US and Canada after various studies involving […]

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Lawmakers Agree to Ban Plastic Toxins for Children’s Products

Published: 30 July 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Associated Press” reports House and Senate lawmakers reached agreement Monday on legislation to ensure that children’s toys are not contaminated with lead and phthalates, require mandatory testing of children’s products and increase funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The compromise bill (HR 4040) could reportedly come up for a House vote later […]

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Congress Considers Legislation to Ban Toxins in Everyday Products

Published: 29 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

The “Riverside Press Enterprise” (California) reports State legislatures and the U.S. Congress are considering legislation to respond to toxins found in every day products that may put children at risk for possibly irreparable and lifelong health problems. The Centers for Disease Control has identified several toxic ingredients, including bisphenol A (BPA), an ingredient in […]

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Debate Continues over Chemical Policy

Published: 28 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Modesto Bee”, California State Senator Mark Leno and his seat predecessor, Carole Migden, both introduced bills that would, if enacted, ban the use of certain chemicals in consumer products. Leno’s Assembly Bill 706 aims to prohibit two types of chemical fire retardants from being applied to furniture and bedding, while Migden’s […]

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“Funding Effect” on BPA Study Results

Published: 28 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Washington Post” reports on of the raising statistics about studies on the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is the extreme divergence in results, depending on who funded them: “more than 90 percent of the 100-plus government-funded studies performed by independent scientists found health effects from low doses of BPA, while none of the […]

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Government Brief on BPA Receives Mixed Peer Review

Published: 25 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Environmental Science & Technology” reports a peer review of the U.S. National Toxicoloty Program’s (NTP) draft brief on bisphenol A (BPA) received mixed reviews. The advisory panel recommended that the NTP lower the levels of concern for some human health risks, but also pointed to a missing part of the BPA puzzle—exposure data for […]

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“Greenraising” for School Fund-Raisers

Published: 25 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

“The Wall Street Journal” reports new businesses for “greenraising” are emerging to help school fund-raisers “go green”. “Greenraising” companies are producing products that range from recycled gift-wrap paper to reusable water bottles, including stainless-steel water bottles, which have reportedly become popular in light of the recent outcry against bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly […]

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How to Save over One Trillion Plastic Bags from being used Over a Lifetime

Published: 24 July 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

The “Pocono Record” recently posted a slideshow about the “dangers of plastic bags” that provides facts about how many plastic bags are recycled versus end up in landfills, the costs of recycling plastic bags, the amount of plastic debris in our oceans, and what people can do to stop plastic bags from entering the landfill […]

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BPA and other Environmental Contaminants Can Turn Genes “On” and “Off”

Published: 24 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

“Miller-McCune” reports advances in the field of epigenetics show that environmental contaminants can turn genes “on” and “off,” triggering serious diseases that are handed down through generations. Such diseases can reportedly be treated, however, by relatively simple changes in nourishment and lifestyle. The plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is one possible “endocrine disrupter” […]

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