October 2016 News Bulletin: FDA rules on triclosan safety; childhood cancer rates up 40%

October 20, 2016 at 9:47 am | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

October 2016 News Bulletin

FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products. (FDA)

Modern life is killing our children: Cancer rate in young people up 40 per cent in 16 years. Modern life is killing children with the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer rising 40 per cent in the past 16 years because of air pollution, pesticides, poor diets and radiation, scientists have warned. (Telegraph)

Toxic chemicals in household dust linked to cancer and infertility. Household dust harbours a cocktail of toxic chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of a range of health hazards, from cancer to problems with fertility, researchers in the US have found. The chemicals are shed from a host of common products, from flooring to electrical goods as well as beauty and cleaning products. (The Guardian)

Denmark wants EU ban on harmful flame retardants. The environment and food minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, has announced that he intends to work towards an EU ban on flame retardants in products that children can come into contact with. The three flame retardants, TCEP, TDCP and TCPP, are suspected of being carcinogenic and were recently found in dust particles in children’s rooms. They have already been banned in a number of toy products by the EU, but the Danes want the ban to be more expansive. (CPH Post)

Fire safety chemicals ‘threaten’ public health, alliance warns. The use of chemical flame retardants in furniture to improve fire safety can also have severe implications for public health, a number of associations have warned. An alliance of stakeholders representing equipment makers, environmental NGOs, cancer organisations, firefighters, and labour unions have expressed concern about the safety of using flame retardants in furniture. (Euractiv)

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