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The Food Packaging Forum makes scientific facts and expert opinions about food packaging health accessible and understandable to all

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  • 08/16/17--03:19: EDCs and breast cancer
  • Article in U.S. News reports on the role of endocrine disruptors such bisphenol A in developing breast cancer, recommends reducing exposure and calling on governments to take action

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    Scoping review identifies potential health effects of melamine other than renal damage, including impacts on neurological functions, behavior, reproduction, and growth

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    New scientific article reviews food contact chemicals’ effects on gut permeability, microbiota, and immune responses; scientific justification for risk assessment assumptions questioned

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    Article discusses common BPA substitutes and whether products labeled ‘BPA-free’ are safer

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    Coop Denmark launches campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, urges Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and bisphenols in food contact materials

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    World Health Organization publishes new report highlighting contribution of environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals, to noncommunicable diseases burden

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    New WHO study finds worldwide rise in childhood and teen obesity between 1975 and 2016; NGO discusses metabolic disruptors as contributing factor to obesity epidemic

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    New study by The Lancet illustrates health and economic burden of air, water, and soil pollution from e.g. fuel combustion and toxic chemicals; authors propose pollution control solutions

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    U.S. state California adds PFOA and PFOS to list of reproductive toxicants due to adverse developmental effects, also lists TBBPA as carcinogen

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    New study estimates health costs linked to environmental chemicals may exceed 10% of global GDP; NGO calls for greater prioritization of health and prevention in policy making

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  • 12/20/17--02:56: Rethinking safe levels
  • Scientific review shows that some chemicals are proportionately more toxic at lower exposure levels; “dose makes poison” principle indicates that current risk assessment approaches underestimate chemical toxicity

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    Journal PLOS Biology publishes special edition on the effects of chemical exposures on public and environmental health; addresses gap between scientific understanding and regulation of chemicals

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    Scientific perspectives article discusses current gaps in assessment and regulation of chemicals in food by U.S. FDA, illustrates problems with perchlorate example, calls for immediate action to protect child health

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    EU Parliament’s Environment Committee votes in favor of EU Commission’s draft regulation on bisphenol A in food contact materials

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    Experts on pediatrics and public health publish book on effects of ubiquitous chemical exposures on children’s health; focus on non-communicable diseases such as autism, ADHD, birth defects, cancer

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    Scientists show that androgens regulate key genes linked to autism risk and may contribute to excessive brain growth, suggest that androgens’ effects on developing brain may increase risk of developing autism spectrum disorders

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    Dr. Jean-Pierre Cravedi of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research presents scientific results on mineral oils accumulating in body tissues and organs at Food Packaging Forum’s 2017 Workshop

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  • 02/15/18--07:08: PFASs linked to weight gain
  • New study by Harvard scientists finds association between higher PFASs blood levels and greater weight gain after dieting; high PFASs levels also linked to low resting metabolic rates

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    Several alternative plasticizers used in FCMs shown to promote lipid accumulation in vitro; direct activation of PPARγ suggested as a possible mechanism

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    Article in The Guardian discusses health risks associated with bisphenol A and ways to reduce exposure from food packaging

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