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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 6/15-6/22

Zoë Furlong June 24, 2015

Regulators And Retailers Raise Pressure On Phthalates


6/15/15 — “Facing Consumer Pressure, Companies Start to Seek Safe Alternatives to BPA(New York Times). For consumers, figuring out which canned foods and plastics contain the controversial chemical known as BPA can be nearly impossible. But determining whether newer alternatives are any safer may be even more difficult.

6/16/15 — “Genital defect in baby boys linked to moms’ chemical exposure(Environmental Health News). Mothers exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals at home or in jobs such as cleaners, hairdressers and laboratory workers during pregnancy are more likely to have baby boys with a genital defect, according to a new study in the south of France.

6/17/15 — “Startling link between pregnant mother’s exposure to DDT and daughter’s risk of breast cancer(Washington Post). A new study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found a startling link between pregnant women exposed to the pesticide DDT and the breast cancer risk to their daughters. Also see National Geographic’s article on the issue, “DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk.”

6/18/15 Sperm count: Fertility in men on the decline due to everyday plastics say scientists(International Business Times). Men are suffering a sharp decline in fertility because of the prevalence of phthalates in everyday plastics, some scientists say.

6/19/15 Near a Fracking Center, Drinking Water Has More Chemicals and Carcinogens(Inside Climate News). A new study of drinking wells in the Barnett Shale of Texas has detected volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in more than two-thirds of the wells sampled.

6/21/15 Harmful toxin used in baby clothes should be banned, advocates say(The Guardian). An advocacy and research organization, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is hoping to educate the public about the carcinogenic toxin antimony, push manufacturers to stop using it and ensure that the federal government adheres to its oversight responsibilities.

6/22/15 — “Regulators And Retailers Raise Pressure On Phthalates(Chemical & Engineering News)Phthalates provide flexibility to vinyl products (among other things), but they are also controversial. Concerns have been bubbling up for more than a decade over their potential to disrupt hormones and cause reproductive and developmental effects. Read this article for a primer on phthalates and their chemical structures.

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