Health

Glowing Zebrafish Detects Endocrine Disruptors

In an article published in the [United States'] Sacremento Bee today, Russell Mclendon of Mother Nature Network discusses the use of a genetically modified Zebrafish in detecting endocrine disrupting pollutants' impacts on the body. The fish, which has had genes implanted into it from another species (referred to as "transgenic") glows the brightest in the parts of its body most impacted by pollutants such as bisphenol-A, amongst others. The study has revealed that more parts of the body are affected by environmental estrogens than was previously thought.

EFSA to Evaluate Low Dose BPA 'Hypothesis'

In an article published by Food Production Daily on Wednesday, contributor Mark Astley reports that the European Food Safety Authority has begun new research on the effects of low doses of bisphenol-A. This will address a commonly held belief in a "threshold dose" below which it is thought that the chemical is harmless, and the study will take into account ongoing research as well as information regarding the "low dose hypothesis," a theory that some chemicals, even at low doses, may still cause harmful effects.

Edible Spoon is Good for Environment and Health

The organization Triangle Tree has released information on a new, environmentally friendly option for cutlery that they have created, the "Edible Spoon." This spoon is created entirely out of edible corn-based ingredients, and comes in three flavours that correspond to the meals they can be eaten with: neutral, spicy, and sweet. This new type of disposable cutlery could be a viable option in replacing single-use plastic spoons, and in addition to providing a soultion for eating, these spoons contain beneficial nutrients.

Sweden Outlaws BPA in Children's Products, But Rejects Full Ban

An article in Food Production Daily today shed light on the nature of Sweden's recent bisphenol-A ban. Reporter Rory Harrington shares that, while the chemical will be banned in children's products, a full ban was considered to be "not legally feasible," and was thus rejected.

The full article and information on Sweden's descision regarding BPA can be found on Food Production Daily.

If the Food's in Plastic, What's in the Food?

In an article run by the Washing Post today, writer Susan Freinkel reports on the disturbingly ubiquitous nature of plastic and its associated chemicals in food, as a result of contact with plastic packaging. She discusses a study conducted last year which showed that a descrease in the use of food in plastic packaging significantly lowered bisphenol-A levels in the body, and discusses the complexity and conflicting opinions presented by different organizations.

Sweden To Ban BPA

Last week, the Swedish government announced that it will ban the use of endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) in cans containing food meant for children under the age of 3. Sweden is also considering banning the use of BPA in thermal paper (used for tickets and receipts), as well as in drinking water pipe lining and toys. Read more about Sweden's push back against BPA on The International Chemical Secretariat's website.

Phthalates May Boost Diabetes Risk

Swedish researchers are reporting that high blood levels of phthalates, a group of industrial chemical used in plastics, may double the risk of type 2 diabetes in older adults. Phthalates are used to make products more flexible and are also used in solvents. As such, they're found in everything from soaps and detergents to nail polish and hair spray. They're also found in vinyl shower curtains and flooring.

BPA-- What's the Big Deal, Baby?

On Friday, the Green Prophet published a guest post by Daniella Dimitrova Russo, the co-founder and executive director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, on the dangers of BPA despite the United States Food and Drug Administration's recent deciscion to continue to allow its presence in food packaging. The article sheds light on the numerous health impacts bisphenol-A is associated with today, and Dimitrova Russo writes:

Britain Opposes French Ban on BPA

Today, the Independent ran an article stating that the British government is currently opposing an initiative by France to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby products. The UK, joined by countries such as the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Slovenia, have stated that they oppose the removal of this chemical from baby bottles because it will "breach trade rules."

U.S. Religious Leaders Disappointed in FDA BPA Decision

Last week, the United States National Council of Churches expressed their disapproval of the Food and Drug Administration's failure to ban bisphenol-A in food packaging. Angry that bisphenol-A has been found to manifest adverse health effects, contributor Phillip Jenks reported the National Council of Churches had said:

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