July 2015 News Bulletin: chemicals in textiles; a popcorn problem

July 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

July 2015 News Bulletin

BPA still a favorite among canned good brands. In a survey of more than 250 brands of canned food, researchers found that more than 44 percent use bisphenol-A lined cans for some or all of their products. With 109 brands not responding or providing enough information, that number could be a lot higher. (EHN)

Chemicals in Your Popcorn? What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common? All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer. (NYT)

Cotton, cashmere, chemicals – what really goes into making our clothes? As the federal agency responsible for enforcing the Textile Products Identification Act and related laws, the FTC makes sure clothing is accurately labeled with its fabric content. But it turns out, apart from these laws and a few others, there is no overarching U.S. law that regulates or requires listing of materials outside of fabrics that go into producing our clothing. Why does this matter? Because manufacturers use hundreds of substances to produce clothing that don’t show up on clothing labels. And many of these are hazardous to the environment and to human health. (Ensia)

Echa committee recommends BPA restriction in thermal paper. Presence in till receipts presents risk to workers, says Rac. (ChemicalWatch, subscription only)

Everyday plastics plunge men into fertility crisis. Plastics have caused a sharp decline in fertility among men, leaving only one in four with “good” sperm, scientists say. Chemicals called phthalates — found in plastics and products such as shower curtains, car dashboards and cleaning materials — can be breathed in, consumed or absorbed through the skin of pregnant women, inhibiting testosterone production in male foetuses, leading to sons with low sperm counts. (Times, subscription only)

Regulators And Retailers Raise Pressure On Phthalates. Phthalates provide flexibility to vinyl products, but they are also controversial. Concerns—justified or not—have been bubbling up for more than a decade over their potential to disrupt hormones and cause reproductive and developmental effects. As a result, the plasticizer industry is in a state of flux, scrambling to adapt to ever-changing demands from regulators and the marketplace. (Chemical & Engineering News)

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