Archive for March, 2009

When Eating Fish, People May Be Absorbing Plastic Chemical BPA

Published: 30 March 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Sustainability

“The Japan Times” reports plastic debris is filling an approximately 13 million square kilometer area, called the Eastern Garbage Patch, off the coast of California. The ever-growing mass of plastic debris is not biodegradable, suffocating fish and choking marine turtles, and is said to already be larger than the United States. When these […]

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Health Canada Tests Drinking Water for BPA

Published: 30 March 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

Canada’s “Calgary Sun” reports Health Canada is testing drinking water at more than 60 treatment plants across the country for a host of chemical products, including some associated with cancer. The department reportedly wants more information about common drugs (such as ibuprofen) and plastic components (such as bisphenol A or BPA) that sometimes show […]

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Massachusetts Officials Mull Ban on BPA Products

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

“Boston Globe” reports Massachusetts public health officials are weighing whether to warn pregnant women and young children to avoid food, drinks, and other items containing bisphenol A (BPA), in the latest in a series of intensifying efforts around the country to eliminate the controversial chemical from products. BPA is used in hundreds of everyday […]

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Critics of Suffolk BPA Ban Say it would Hurt the Poor and Hospitals

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

According to “New York Newsday,” some packaging industry officials claim the landmark Suffolk ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles would hurt the poor, create problems for hospitals and lead to a lengthy lawsuit, while backers of the law say it will speed up the move to safer alternatives. A local law […]

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Study Links Premature Breast Development to Phthalates

Published: 25 March 2009
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Toronto Sun” reports an alarming epidemic of premature breast development in girls as young as two years old had doctors befuddled in Puerto Rico and researchers have identified phthalates, a substance used to soften plastics, as a possible culprit. Girls with prematurely developing breasts were reportedly found to have seven times the amount […]

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New Study Finds Estrogenic Contamination Originates from Plastic Food Packaging

Published: 24 March 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations, Tetra Pak

A recent study conducted by Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann has found a widespread contamination of mineral water with xenoestrogens that partly originates from compounds leaching from the plastic packaging material. The results indicate that a broader range of foodstuff may be contaminated with endocrine disruptors when packed in plastics. This provides first evidence that […]

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Research Indicates BPA May Leach into Mineral Water Prior to Bottling

Published: 23 March 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Science News” reports researchers in Frankfurt, Germany, have just reported evidence suggesting that estrogen-mimicking chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), can leach out of certain plastic bottles. Their data indicate that the mineral water dispensed in some glass bottles may also contain such hormone-like pollution—and not because it leached out of the glass, which would […]

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Sunoco Requires Customers to Guarantee BPA Will Not Be Used In Children’s Products

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

According to the “Associated Press,” Sunoco, the gas and chemical giant, has become the first manufacturer to acknowledge safety concerns about bisphenol A (BPA) and has begun restricting sales of the chemical that is used in baby bottles and food containers. Sunoco has begun requiring customers to guarantee that its BPA will not be […]

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Despite Possible U.S. Action, BPA will not be Banned in Britain

Published: 19 March 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The UK’s “Daily Mail” reports bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial chemical found in baby bottles, will not be banned in Britain, even though safety fears have led American manufacturers to stop using it. BPA is widely used in plastic food and drink containers and there is a growing concern that it poses a health […]

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US Lawmakers Propose Federal BPA Ban in All Food and Beverage Containers

Published: 18 March 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” U.S. leaders from the House of Representatives and the Senate recently announced legislation to establish a federal ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food and beverage containers. The proposed bills, which Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) plan to introduce, […]

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