September 2016 News Bulletin: Sofa safety fears; concerns raised over lax safety testing for cosmetics

September 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

September 2016 News Bulletin

Safety fears over sofa fire resistance heighten after study shows tests are inadequate. Fire tests used to demonstrate the safety of sofas and beds are inadequate with the result lives are being put at risk, it is claimed. The key test, which involves putting a lit match against the fabric, is said to be no guarantee a product is safe. (Daily Mail)

Is Your Lipstick Bad for You? You can’t legally buy a drug in the United States that hasn’t undergone rigorous testing, mandated by Congress, to prove that it’s safe and effective. By contrast, that lipstick, shampoo, or deodorant you use every day may have undergone no such testing. (New York Times)

You Asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer? Cancer is just one of many health concerns linked to the chemical treatments used in furniture. (TIME)

Researchers find unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans. What they found: 194 of 4,864 water supplies across nearly three dozen states had detectable levels of the chemicals. Sixty-six of those water supplies, serving about six million people, had at least one sample that exceeded the EPA’s recommended safety limit of 70 parts per trillion for two types of chemicals — perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). (Washington Post)

Post-Consumer Flexible Polyurethane Foam Scrap Used In Building Products. Most post-consumer flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) collected for recycling today contains highly toxic flame retardants. The vast majority of this scrap material is recycled into one type of new building product: bonded carpet cushion. While the practice of diverting vast amounts of FPF from landfills represents a recycling success story, the potential health hazards to vulnerable populations make us question whether the benefits of recycling are worth the risk. (HealthyBuildingNetwork)

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late. European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disruptors are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals. (Euractiv)

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