Archive for December, 2008

FDA Plans to Conduct Study on BPA “Lasting Years”

Published: 30 December 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Reuters,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will plan a study “lasting years” that will assess the effects of the controversial plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on laboratory animals. Consumer advocates have condemned the FDA’s refusal to take steps now to curb the use of the chemical. A scientific panel recently […]

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FDA Has No Plans to Amend its Position on BPA

Published: 29 December 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Washington Post” reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), criticized by its own scientific advisers for ignoring available data about health risks posed by bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in everyday plastic, said yesterday it has no plans to amend its position on the substance but will continue to study it. The FDA […]

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California’s Green Chemistry Initiative Would Require Companies to Disclose Chemical Ingredients

Published: 23 December 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Sustainability

“GreenBiz” reports the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has developed a six-part framework for furthering the statewide Green Chemistry Initiative, an effort to change how California approaches chemicals. The Green Chemistry focus is to design chemicals, processes, and goods that have little or no adverse affects during the manufacturing, use or disposal of a […]

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Only One-Third of 200 Billion U.S. Beverage Containers Recycled

Published: 22 December 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

According to “Solid Waste Magazine,” only one-third of the 200 billion beverage containers sold in the U.S. each year are recycled, according to the U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report. According to the author of this report, if all of the beverage containers that were wasted last year had been recycled, 15.6 million […]

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FDA Embroiled in another Food Safety Controversy

Published: 19 December 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Associated Press” reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reconsidered its consumer advice on fish, especially for pregnant women and children, saying that the health benefits of eating fish outweigh the potential ill effects of mercury. The Environmental Protection Agency calls the 270-page FDA study “scientifically flawed and inadequate” and an “oversimplification” lacking […]

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Report Finds Fewer Phthalates in Personal Care Products

Published: 18 December 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “USA Today,” a new report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics finds fewer controversial hormone-like chemicals, such as phthalates (which may leach into products from plastic containers), in personal care products. Environmentalists have urged manufacturers to phase out phthalates because of studies that link them to genital changes in baby boys, […]

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TRU Organic Vodka

Published: 16 December 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Modern Spirits has introduced organic TRU Vodkas, a completely sustainable vodka spirit line packaged in 100% recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable packaging. Modern Spirits also plants a tree for every bottle sold. The organic vodkas come in three different flavors: lemon, vanilla, and original. TRU Vodkas are packaged in sleek 750 mL glass bottles featuring modern labeling.

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Stirrings Organic Classic Cocktail Mixers

Published: 16 December 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Stirrings introduced new organic cocktail mixers that are sure to spice up the holidays—Organic Apricot, Ginger, Sour Cherry, and Sour Mix. These premium mixers can be mixed with your favorite spirit or poured over ice to create a delicious cocktail. The mixers are packaged in 32 oz. glass bottles featuring the Stirrings name embossed on the shoulder and nostalgic cut and stack labeling.

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Santa Cruz Fair Trade Certified Organic Teas

Published: 16 December 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Santa Cruz has added ready-to-drink, lightly sweetened organic tea blends to the Santa Cruz Organic line. The teas are available in Lemon, Peppermint, Raspberry, and Mango flavors. They are Fair Trade Certified and are available in 32 oz. glass bottles featuring fruit-themed cut and stack labeling.

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Health Advocates Pushing to Ban BPA to Meet with Pres-Elect Obama

Published: 16 December 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reports a coalition of health advocates will meet with members of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team next week in Washington, D.C., to push for a ban on bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes in humans and has been found to interfere with chemotherapy for breast […]

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