In real life we are all exposed to hundreds of chemicals from multiple sources including from food, consumer products, household dust and drinking water. The environment - rivers, oceans and countryside - is also polluted by hundreds of different substances, including pesticides, plasticisers, flame retardants and pharmaceuticals. However, current safety assessments of … [Read more...] about High time for the EU to protect us from exposure to chemical mixtures
Our food comes into contact with a whole range of food contact materials made from industrial chemicals, from food packaging to pipes. The EU has laws that are supposed to regulate the safety of these chemicals, but they are full of gaps and largely ignore some key issues. A number of events in recent weeks have emphasised the scale of the problem, while the European Parliament … [Read more...] about EU Parliament starts inquiry into regulation of chemicals in food packaging as concerns mount
On Friday 17th April we finally got a response to our letter to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on why their press release & public briefing on 21st January had stated that there was 'no health concern' from the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), when their expert panel had actually stated that there was a 'low health concern'. The letter from EFSA's … [Read more...] about EU Food Authority responds to letter on misleading communication on Bisphenol A risks, claims ‘simplification’ for ‘accessibility’
CHEM Trust have discovered that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have admitted that the abstract of January's risk assessment of the commonly used hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A incorrectly stated that there was 'no health concern'. CHEM Trust wrote to the EU Health Commissioner on 25th February complaining about EFSA's misrepresentation of the risk … [Read more...] about EFSA corrects its risk assessment of bisphenol A to acknowledge that experts didn’t say ‘no health concern’
CHEM Trust have written to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to ask them why they misrepresented the results of their risk assessment of the commonly used hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). The risk assessment, published in January, concluded that there was a 'low health concern' from exposure to bisphenol A - yet the EFSA press release said there was 'no … [Read more...] about We write to EFSA: Why did you misrepresent the results of the Risk Assessment of Bisphenol A?
One of the big debates about endocrine disrupting chemicals is: Is there a threshold (a 'safe level') below which they don't disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system? The European Commission set up an expert advisory group on Endocrine Disrupters in 2011; CHEM Trust are part of this group. At their 5th meeting in February 2013 the experts discussed key scientific uncertainties … [Read more...] about Do Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) have a safe limit?