August 2015 News Bulletin: Chemical combinations and cancer risk; food packaging problems.

August 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment
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August 2015 News Bulletin

Combinations of ‘safe’ chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests. Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time? In some cases, these combinations may conspire to increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report. (LA Times)

A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials. Consumer-level food packaging serves a wide range of functions, such as providing product information, preventing spoilage, and protecting food during the journey from production to retail to pantry, fridge, or freezer. That’s why food producers lavish so much time and money on it. But what happens when these valuable and painstakingly engineered containers leach chemicals and other compounds into the food and drink they’re designed to protect? (EHP)

EU bans endocrine disruptor from textile imports. Campaigners at Greenpeace are celebrating the EU’s decision to ban imports on textiles containing nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), chemicals used as detergents and wetting agents in the manufacture of clothing . (Chemistry World)

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