Archive for November, 2008

Federal and State Lawmakers Work to Ban BPA after Study Finds BPA also Leaches from “Microwave Safe” Plastics

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

According to the “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” federal and state lawmakers have begun work to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers after a Journal Sentinel analysis found that even plastic products billed as “microwave safe” released toxic doses of the chemical when heated. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) will reportedly re-introduce a […]

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Organic Baby Food Company Chooses Glass Containers

Published: 27 November 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass, Packaging CONCERNS

“The Herald Journal” (Logan, Utah) reports a new organic baby food company, First Foods, takes advantage of locally grown produce and also packages its foods in glass jars to avoid toxins allegedly found in plastic containers. Babies are especially vulnerable to food with toxins such as pesticides, according to Consumer Reports. To help […]

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New EU Study Highlights the Green Potential of Glass

Published: 26 November 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass, Sustainability

“Food Production Daily” reports a study by the European Commission calls for glass to be branded an energy-friendly product, calls on the industry to educate policy makers on the benefits of the material, and urges policy makers to consider the environmental and energy benefits of glass when designing new environmental policies. The study, commissioned by […]

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Washington University to Phase out Bottled Water on Campus

Published: 25 November 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to the “St. Louis Post Dispatch,” Washington University is phasing out almost all sales of bottled water in an effort to make the campus more environmentally friendly.

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Moms Ditch Plastic Cups Amid BPA Controversy

Published: 24 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Raleigh News & Observer” reports some moms are ditching plastic cups as reports continue to conflict over the safety of the plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA). Researchers have raised questions about the chemical’s effect on reproductive systems in newborns and fetuses. Although the FDA originally insisted the chemical is safe at low […]

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Newspaper Study Finds “Microwave Safe” Products also Leach BPA

Published: 21 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” recently had 10 items billed as “microwave safe” tested in a lab and found when the items were heated in a microwave or conventional oven, bisphenol A (BPA) was found to be leaching from all of them at levels that scientists have allegedly found cause neurological and developmental damage in laboratory […]

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BPA Linked to Infertility

Published: 20 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Forbes” reports bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial chemical used to harden plastic packaging for many foods and beverages, could hurt the chances of successful in vitro fertilization, or the ability of embryos to attach to the uterus, according to presentations at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Exposure to […]

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New Book on Breast Cancer Prevention Suggests Avoiding BPA and Phthalates

Published: 19 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to “US News & World Report,” a new book entitled “Taking care of Your ‘Girls’” educates young girls about how to prevent breast cancer based on research suggesting that women may be able to reduce their risk through lifestyle measures like diet and exercise, and possibly by avoiding certain environmental toxins, such as bisphenol […]

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Amid BPA Controversy, Experts Urge Consumers to Opt for BPA-free Products

Published: 17 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“TIME Magazine” reports on the controversy surrounding the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Experts reportedly suggest until the government settles on a new assessment of the chemical or takes action, parents have the option of using BPA-free products — including glass, stainless steel and some next-generation plastics that do not contain the chemical.

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FDA Commissioner Responds to Scientific Panel’s Ruling on BPA Safety

Published: 14 November 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Wall Street Journal,” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said a highly critical review of the agency’s stance on bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastic food and drink containers, raises important questions and there is “no shame for having” your hypothesis disproved.

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