Tag Archives: Safety

Enjoy your French fries and ignore the hype about BPA

This week, yet another new bisphenol A (BPA) study hit the news after being announced with a sensationalistic press release. The study appears to have been designed not to benefit public health, but to create drama. The study, from Frederick vom Saal and co-workers at the University of Missouri, examined potential exposure to BPA from [...]

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Successful chemical assessment programs allow the science to speak for itself

Everyone who is committed to producing better and timely chemical assessments would agree objectivity is one of the hallmarks of a sound assessment program. Objectivity is particularly important when it comes to evaluating studies and results that will form the foundation for a chemical assessment. To ensure a strong foundation, these studies and results must [...]

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Three reasons TSCA reform should be kept high on the political agenda

Congress may be gone for the rest of the summer, but work to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) continues in earnest. Everyone who professes to care about modernizing this important statute – whether industry, observer or activist – should be encouraged that negotiations to advance TSCA reform in the Senate have not suffered [...]

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FDA sticks to the science while revamping its BPA website

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refreshed its bisphenol A (BPA) website last week, the Agency’s stance on the safety of BPA remains the same. As the FDA puts it, “BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods” and that “the use of BPA in food packaging and containers is safe.” [...]

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Biomonitoring Equivalents: A valuable scientific tool for making better chemical safety decisions

Among all the discussion and debate about improving how chemicals are managed to ensure the public and the environment are protected from potentially harmful exposures, at least one point stands out on which we can all agree: better access to information, as well as a greater understanding of that information, will help lead to better [...]

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What makes polystyrene so different from styrene? It’s a matter of chemistry

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its review of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) June 2011 decision to include styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). In reviewing the NAS findings, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. [...]

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ACC champions transparency in flame retardant debate

Tim Shestek, senior director of State Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), testified June 24 before the California Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Products on Senate Bill 1019 (also known as SB 1019), legislation that would require manufacturers of upholstered furniture to indicate whether their products sold in the state contain flame [...]

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Putting all the pieces together: ACC helps improve chemical risk assessments

Most would agree that credible, science-based assessments of the potential risks from chemical exposures are necessary for providing both regulators and the regulated community with a useful summary of the science on certain chemicals. Very often these assessments underpin product stewardship and regulatory actions taken to protect human health and the environment. When creating chemical [...]

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Chemistry and sports: Championship soccer edition!

Every four years, soccer fans put everything aside to focus on the world’s most popular soccer tournament, and this year is no different – with one key exception: many fans are just as focused on the new technology in the games as they are on the outcomes. And this is where chemistry scores… yet again! [...]

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State of the Science (Part 3 of 3): Dr. Melvin Andersen Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation last month, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. You can check out our first [...]

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