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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:

Making Plastic Out Of...Poultry?

When raw materials for plastic production run low, you might expect producers to reconsider their business model. But no. Plastics have been made from plant matter for a while now, and one company will soon begin repurposing poultry byproducts to make plastics. You read that right. Poultry. As in chickens, turkeys, and other domestic fowl. From Plastic News, a plastic industry news site:

BPA Gets Temporary Reprieve

On Friday, the United States Food and Drug Administration rejected the National Resources Defense Council's citizen's petition to ban BPA in food packaging. Today, TIME magazine reports that even when evidence against a toxic chemical is scary, if the evidence is seen as even the least bit uncertain, the regulatory agency will fold. Bryan Walsh writes:

Is Puberty Before 10 the New Normal?

The New York Times Magazine has a chilling story forthcoming this weekend about 6-year-old Ainsley, who is already showing signs of puberty. One of the key culprits mentioned in the piece is high levels of endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA), in our food supply. Reporter Elizabeth Weil writes:

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