Archive for August, 2007

“Wholesome Glass”

Published: 21 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

The Pacific Spirit Marine Institute reports on some of the longstanding positive attributes of glass containers: it keeps products “ice cold” and it can be “recycled into infinity,” never “losing any of its quality or purity” (and for every ton of glass recycled, a reported 9 gallons of fuel are saved). The article further […]

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Chemicals Associated with Plastics Could be a Cause for Declining Sperm Counts

Published: 21 August 2007
Category: Packaging CONCERNS

According to ABC News, there has been evidence that sperm counts have been dropping worldwide over the past 50 years, and chemicals in the environment, such as those associated with plastics and pesticides, may be a cause of the decline. Link to Full Article

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How to Avoid BPA

Published: 20 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

U.S. Health News reports on ways to prevent your exposure to bisphenol a (BPA), a chemical speculated by some scientists as harmful to human health. BPA is used in the production of certain plastics and can allegedly leach into foods and drinks. The article recommends avoiding storing food or beverage in polycarbonate plastic […]

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New BPA Study Finds BPA Could Trigger Illness and Change Genetic Expression

Published: 17 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

According to Science News, two animal studies have found early exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), allegedly known to leach from baby bottles, the linings of food cans, and other plastic items, can trigger illness and even changes in genetic expression. The article reports on a new study that found the pollutant permanently […]

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Government Appointed Panel’s Findings Conflict with Other Scientific Research

Published: 17 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

The LA Times reports that although environmentalists and some scientists claim that bisphenol A (BPA)—allegedly found in baby bottles, canned food containers and many other plastics—causes prostate cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, a government appointed panel concluded they had “some concern” about neurological and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children, but “minimal” or “negligible” […]

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Leading Scientists Criticize Government Panel’s Conclusions on BPA

Published: 17 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the USA Today, leading scientists have criticized a government panel’s findings on the harmfulness of bisphenol A (BPA), who argue that their data show BPA produces toxic effects in animals at incredibly low doses. Link to Full Article

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Government Panel’s Findings on BPA Denounced by Some Scientists

Published: 16 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

The Star-Telegram reports that a 12-member government appointed panel has concluded bisphenol A—reportedly used for the production of plastic food containers, baby bottles, soft drink cans and many other consumer products—has “minimal” and “negligible” effects on humans. According to Dr. Anila Jacob, a physician on the staff of the Environmental Working Group, “The panel […]

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Government Panel’s Conclusions on BPA Conflict with Privately Funded Studies

Published: 16 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

The Center Daily Times reports that a government scientific advisory panel downplayed the risk to humans from bisphenol A (BPA), a widely used hormone-mimicking chemical that a private panel of experts only last week called a “great cause for concern.” Link to Full Article

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Government Panel’s Findings Encourage Additional Research

Published: 16 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

Health Day reports that a U.S. Government panel concluded bisphneol A, used for plastics food and beverage packaging, may present some risk to a developing fetus or children. The panel recommended that studies be conducted that would remove the “uncertainties in some if its conclusions.” Link to Full Article

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Are BPA Findings Skewed Toward the Plastics Industry?

Published: 15 August 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Washington Post, a federal advisory panel reportedly found no strong evidence of health hazards from a chemically commonly found in plastics, ranging from baby bottles to the coatings inside food cans, but noted a need for further investigation. The article reports, “The plastics industry has long defended bisphenol A. Critics have […]

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