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2010-10-15 06:33:40

Bisphenol-A (BPA) -- a chemical used in baby bottles and other plastics -- has been declared a toxic chemical by the Canadian government, which has called for a ban on the industrial chemical. Canada added the compound to a list of substances that it deemed potentially hazardous to health or the environment in a notice published in the Canada Gazette on Wednesday. "The risk assessment of BPA put together by our federal government is very strong in terms of its conclusions, so I think it's a...

2010-10-13 18:18:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the Canadian Minister of the Environment today announcing the decision to list bisphenol A (BPA) as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) made the following comments: "Just days after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) once again confirmed that BPA is safe for use in food-contact items, Environment...

2010-10-12 06:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- PlastiPure, a safe plastics technology company, announced today that it has received two grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS), a division of the NIH, and an additional grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Collectively the grants fund formulation of a replacement for polycarbonate that is free of estrogenic activity (EA-Free), creating flexible food packaging that contains no EA, and developing a...

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2010-10-01 06:20:00

An organic chemical compound used in baby bottles which is banned in Australia, Denmark, Canada and France, has been found to pose no health risks, the European Food Safety Authority said in a statement on Thursday. The agency has already given positive opinions on the chemical -- Bisphenol-A (BPA) -- twice before, but the European Commission requested a new analysis after some 800 new studies showed some contradictory results. A panel of scientists from the EFSA concluded that they could...

2010-08-26 13:55:04

First evidence for small changes in men An international group of researchers led by the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter have for the first time identified changes in sex hormones associated with BPA exposure in men, in a large population study. The study results are published in the latest issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers analysed data from the InCHIANTI study, an Italian population sample. The team measured the amount of BPA excreted per day in...

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2010-06-24 07:23:53

On Wednesday, French lawmakers passed legislation that will ban baby bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol A from being developed. However, the deputies stopped short of banning the chemical from all plastics. BPA is suspected of harming human development.  It is used in the production of polycarbonated plastics and epoxy resins found in baby bottles, plastic containers, the lining of cans used for food and beverages, and in dental sealants. BPA can leach from plastics, causing...

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2010-05-12 12:42:41

Just as cooking helps people digest food, pretreating polycarbonate plastic "” source of a huge environmental headache because of its bisphenol A (BPA) content "” may be the key to disposing of the waste in an eco-friendly way, scientists have found. Their new study is in ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal. Mukesh Doble and Trishul Artham note that manufacturers produce about 2.7 million tons of plastic containing BPA each year. Polycarbonate is an extremely recalcitrant...

2010-04-27 15:13:00

HOUSTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI): CMAI's Chemical Company Analysis (CCA) on Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), the sixth company report of the 2009 Edition, is now available. The report features comprehensive overviews of the chemical businesses of SABIC, including strategic direction and corporate structure; global chemical operations, and business positions of SABIC and its competitors within major product markets; manufacturing...

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2010-03-24 07:32:36

Scientists reported yesterday on the widespread global contamination of sea sand and sea water with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) and said that the BPA probably originated from a surprising source: Hard plastic trash discarded in the oceans and the epoxy plastic paint used to seal the hulls of ships. "We were quite surprised to find that polycarbonate plastic biodegrades in the environment," said Katsuhiko Saido, Ph.D. He reported on the discovery yesterday at the 239th National...

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2010-03-20 11:12:52

Plastics surround us. A vital manufacturing ingredient for nearly every existing industry, these materials appear in a high percentage of the products we use every day. Although modern life would be hard to imagine without this versatile chemistry, products composed of plastics also have a dark side, due in part to the very characteristics that make them so desirable"”their durability and longevity. Now Rolf Halden, associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering at...


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