March 2016 News Bulletin: Are antibacterial soaps safe? And hidden home air pollutants “claim thousands of lives”, say doctors

March 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

March 2016 News Bulletin

Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? Is the quest for clean doing more harm than good? That’s the question at the heart of a debate between cleaning-products makers, researchers and environmental advocates. The outcome could affect millions of Americans who use antibacterial soaps, body washes and shower gels to fight germs—as well as the companies that supply the $5.5 billion market for soap, bath and shower products. (Note the EU recently banned triclosan in biocidal, though not cosmetic, uses.) (Wall Street Journal)

Secret air pollutants in our homes ‘claim thousands of lives’. A new report on the lifelong impact of air pollution, published by the UK Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), will point to the danger of potentially fatal carbon monoxide from faulty boilers and heaters, along with particulates and nitrogen oxides from heating and cooking appliances which can damage the lungs and heart. But among the most disturbing aspects of air pollution highlighted by the report is that posed by such common items as air fresheners and personal hygiene, DIY and cleaning products. (Daily Telegraph)

Andriukaitis promises EDC criteria ‘before the summer’. Member states divided between hazard- and risk-based approaches, says Health Commissioner. (Chemical Watch)

Are You a Toxic Waste Disposal Site? Nicholas Kristof: Even if you’re not in Flint, Michigian, there are toxic chemicals in your home. For that matter, in you. Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals — from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel — as well as neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast milk of Americans, indeed, in people all over our planet. (New York Times)

FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s chief food safety regulator, plans to start testing certain foods for residues of the world’s most widely used weed killer after the World Health Organization’s cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen. (TIME)

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