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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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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 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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  • 03/09/18--03:09: BPA linked to hyperactivity
  • Meta-analysis substantiates BPA’s link to hyperactivity in children

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    ANSES selects 36 new research projects to be conducted under French national “Environment-Health-Work” research program; includes studies on endocrine disruptors, bisphenols, micro- and nanoplastics

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  • 03/19/18--09:15: BPA and brain development
  • New study finds increased numbers of neurons formed during early development in mouse pups prenatally exposed to bisphenol A; altered social behavior and hyperactivity observed later in life

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    New research finds reproductive abnormalities in male mice prenatally exposed to DEHP and their succeeding generations; 3rd generation effects most pronounced at lowest exposure dose

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  • 04/04/18--04:10: Focus on PFASs
  • Ensia article summarizes environmental and health concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, addresses controversial substitution of long-chain PFASs with short-chain alternatives

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    Epidemiological study finds strong association between exposure to phthalates and high blood pressure in adults, highlights DEHP, DMP, DBEP in particular

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    Scientists review evidence on paraben preservatives acting as estrogenic endocrine disruptors; certain effects observed in animals not confirmed in humans; studies on parabens’ effects on immune and nervous system lacking

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    New study finds zinc nanoparticles used in food can coatings to negatively affect intestinal functions such as nutrient absorption, iron and glucose transport

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    Adverse environmental influences during childhood act through epigenetic mechanisms to increase disease rates in adults; trigger factors include stress and childhood trauma, malnourishment, exposure to toxicants

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    Scientists obtain epidemiological evidence demonstrating adverse effects of EDC exposure on neurodevelopment in humans across several generations

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