Archive for January, 2009

How to Wean Yourself off Plastics

Published: 30 January 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

“McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers” reports in an effort to reduce your family’s exposure to plastics, you can replace plastic food storage containers with glass or stainless steel, stop using plastic wrap and bags, live without a plastic water bottle, eliminate canned foods from your pantry, and use glass baby bottles over plastic baby bottles.

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BPA Included in Expert’s Top Three Factors Associated with Breast Cancer

Published: 29 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS

“HealthDay News” reports a new database, a joint project of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer Science Review project led by the Silent Spring Institute, provides people with a list of key risk factors for breast cancers, including information on 216 chemicals, diet, smoking, physical activity, and weight. […]

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Is the FDA “phasing out common sense” when it comes to BPA?

Published: 28 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Chicago Tribune,” there is growing evidence the plastic chemical additive bisphenol A (BPA), allegedly found to leach from plastic and can packaging into foods and beverages, can harm adult reproductive systems and infant development. Although the FDA has not yet declared there is a safety issue with the chemical, the Canadian […]

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“Fast Company” Provides Full Debriefing on BPA Controversy

Published: 27 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Fast Company” reports on the continuing controversy surrounding the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in adhesives, plastic baby bottles, and the linings of food and drink cans. Two recent government reports have come to opposite conclusions about the potential dangers of the chemical, with many blaming the dispute on the battle […]

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Canada Fails to Follow Through on BPA Assessment, although Minister says he Still Plans to Release Evaluations

Published: 26 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Globe and Mail,” although the Canadian federal government made international headlines last year when it added bisphenol A (BPA), an alleged hormone-disrupting plastic chemical, to the country’s toxic substances list, it has quietly stopped issuing new reviews of hazardous chemicals under the program, known as the Chemicals Management Plan, that highlighted the […]

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Lawmakers Looking to Ban BPA Face Stiff Competition from Chemical and Plastics Industry

Published: 22 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Associated Press” reports some parents and Washington lawmakers are looking to limit young children’s exposure to the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which according to Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Seattle, primary sponsor of House Bill 1180, “can be very toxic to babies and young children.” The bill is expected to face stiff opposition […]

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Study Finds Amount of BPA In Babies is 11 Times Higher than in Adults

Published: 21 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Environmental Health News” also reports another recent study, which uses a mathematical model based on enzymatic differences between newborns and adults, predicts the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) in babies is 11 times higher than in adults. The disparity between the two groups is most likely due to natural differences in metabolism and body […]

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Premature Babies Exposed to Heightened Levels of BPA

Published: 20 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to “Environmental Health News,” a new study examining infants’ exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic compound linked to various health abnormalities in humans and lab animals, finds premature babies hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units had levels of BPA in their urine 10 times higher than the general population. The source of […]

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Canadian Scientists to Study Effects of Chemicals on Expectant Mothers

Published: 19 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Toronto National Post,” Canadian scientists are recruiting hundreds of pregnant women for a landmark, $6-million epigenetic study designed to track whether 400 household chemicals that expectant mothers encounter, including the plastic chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, can trigger health problems in their children—or even alter the babies’ genetic makeup. The emerging […]

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Scientist Compares BPA Harm to that of Cigarettes

Published: 16 January 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Columbian Missourian” reports the use of bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical found in hard plastics and metal food cans, “poses a threat” and “will shorten lives,” according to MU scientist Frederick vom Saal. The chemical reportedly leaches from plastics and cans, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is linked […]

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