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EU Commission plans to restrict phthalates

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it intends to restrict the phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP under the revised EU Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS2) in electrical and electronic equipment (CW 7 February 2014). Read More!

Exposure to low levels of common chemical (phthalates) shown to possibly affect reproductive health of male newborns

“…”Our findings show that even at low levels, environmental exposure to these ubiquitous chemicals can adversely affect male genital development, which in turn may impact male reproductive health later in life,” said Dr. Swan, who is also a faculty member of The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute at Mount Sinai. “Because most pregnant women [...]

Untested chemicals are everywhere, thanks to a 39-year-old US law. Will the Senate finally act?

Many chemicals that are restricted or banned in Europe remain in use – and in some cases, untested – in the US, thanks to federal regulations that haven’t been updated since 1976. A new bill to overhaul the law is expected this spring. Is your shampoo full of harmful chemicals? Research analysis: how bad are [...]

Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?

‘Name a major public health concern over the past two decades and there’s likely some link to phthalates exposure.’ What are the real risks? The Guardian covers recent reports on pthalates’ safety.

Coming Clean and EJHA Launch Campaign for Healthier Solutions Today

We are thrilled to announce that today, Coming Clean and the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance (EJHA) launched the Campaign for Healthier Solutions – a national markets and grassroots campaign pushing discount retailers — “dollar stores” — to get toxic products off their store shelves.  Our goal is to move these retail companies from laggards to [...]

Good news/bad news: Some phthalates down, some up

By Lindsey Konkel Staff Writer Environmental Health News January 15, 2014 Scientists have documented for the first time that several phthalates – controversial chemicals used to make vinyl and fragrances – are declining in people while several others are rising. The study, published today, is the first comprehensive, nationwide attempt to document trends in exposure to [...]

US CPSC proposes ban on phthalates in children’s products

12 January 2015 The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing to permanently ban the use of another five phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles. The move is based on the recommendations of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP), which assessed the risks of 14 phthalates and six alternatives to the substances (CW [...]

Phthalates risk damaging children’s IQs in the womb, US researchers suggest

Additives found in plastics and scented products could affect brain development and lower IQ. Pregnant women should avoid additives called phthalates found in common household products, according to US researchers, who found evidence that the substances may reduce children’s IQ. Children whose mothers had the highest levels of phthalates had IQs on average seven points [...]

2014: A look back at the year’s biggest environmental stories and a peek ahead

What’s in the water? We can tell you. What’s in your food? You don’t want to know. Here’s a look at the big environmental health stories that shaped 2014 and a glimpse at what’s to come in 2015. Jan. 2, 2014 By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News A warning from our feathered friends; water woes in [...]

Chemicals Lurk in Holiday Meals

As many of us are getting ready for our big holiday meals for Christmas and Hanukkah, dangerous chemicals may be lurking in our favorite dishes.  Studies have shown toxic chemicals like phthalates, chemicals that have been linked to birth defects in baby boys and asthma in children, can migrate out of food packaging and get [...]