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New report highlights link between Bisphenol A and breast cancer

body of evidenceA new report published on 14 May by campaign partner Breast Cancer UK   provides an overview of the low dose effects of Bisphenol A in relation to breast cancer.

The report entitled Body of Evidence draws together some of the latest science on BPA and highlights how much evidence there is that this chemical affects the structure and development of the mammary gland, increases breast density, and disrupts DNA. All of these factors are known to increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Read the full report here

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Joint NGO letter to President Barroso and Commissioners: Call to reduce our exposure to EDCs

On 7 May a group of environmental, occupation/workers, and health organisations expressed their concerns about a matter of urgency for the health of EU citizens and wildlife to President Barroso.

The Commission will soon be taking key decisions on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), which the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have called a global threat that needs to be resolved.

Read the full letter here

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Scientists urge UN to take action on chemicals in consumer products and pesticides

On 23 April the Endocrine Society and IPEN called on the UN to take action to prevent harm from a wide range of synthetic chemicals in consumer products and pesticides.  These play a role in increased incidences of reproductive diseases, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes across the world.

A letter, addressed to the WHO, UNEP and OECD, set out the scientific principles on which future EDC work should be based, offers the Endocrine Society as a partner for this work and urges a work plan to be published.

The letter was signed by scientists from around the world, who were involved in the WHO/UNEP report on the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

Download the letter here
Download the press release here


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French consumer group highlights EDCs in cosmetics

cosmeticsFrench consumer watchdog Que Choisir recently published a report highlighting the existence of EDCs in cosmetics.

The report suggests, for example, that the level of triclosan in certain toothpastes could be considered “too high in particular when combined with a deodorant also containing triclosan” and could pose a “significant level of risk” for the user. Triclosan is currently being evaluated by the EU under the first Community Rolling Action Plan (Corap) (CW 29 February 2012).

The report also highlights certain products containing levels of parabens higher than those recommended by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

Report available here in French

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Endocrine disrupter BHA common ingredient in chewing gum in Denmark

The Danish Consumer Council celebrated International Consumer Day on 15 March by focusing on EDCs in food, especially the antioxidant BHA found in chewing gum. BHA and E320 are allowed not only in chewing gum but also in other food including soup, sauces, dried meat, and oils.

BHA was found in 13 different packs of chewing gum all from the brand Mentos. 24 packs of gum without BHA were also found in the Danish shops.

The company behind Mentos said they will continue to use BHA as it is still a legal substance and EFSA and the FDA have approved its use. This is not good enough according to the Danish Consumer Council, who reiterate the demand for a ban on EDCs in consumer goods (especially if there are alternatives) and in this case there are.

The Danish Consumer Council argues that the EFSA opinion does not take into account cocktail effects and call for the use of the precautionary principle over the interest of industry.

BHA is on the EU list of potential endocrine disrupters cat 1, listed as a carcinogen in California and last year the Danish Centre on Endocrine Disrupters used the Danish EPA’s criteria to establish BHA as an endocrine disruptor. BHA is also used in cosmetics, which the exposure scenario also does not take into account.

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France to call for EU ban on BPA in till receipts

France is seeking an EU ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal till receipts, the French Environment Minister Delphine Batho announced recently.

The ban was recommended by ANSES in a report published this April which is part of the development of a French national strategy to address the risks of BPA.

According to the ANSES report, till receipts may pose health risks to pregnant women and their foetuses, especially cashiers who are constantly in contact with them. But more research is needed for a thorough analysis.Last year, similar concerns were raised in Sweden.

Sweden, France and other member states have already passed laws banning the use of BPA in food packaging but the EU only bans the chemical in baby bottles.

More information available here 

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French Agency releases new BPA assessment

Campaign partner Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) recently responded to the risk assessment report of bisphenol A, released by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) on 9 April.

RES welcomes the report, where the institutional expertise of the Agency has in many respects changed significantly, despite pressures that were exerted on ANSES

  • Systematic review of all the literature instead of considering only the studies from industry (meeting good laboratory practice);
  • Recognition of specific toxicological paradigm of endocrine disruption, with priority given to the protection of the fetus;
  • Weight given to the process of hazard identification and assessment and recognition of the limitations of risk assessment;
  • Therefore, interpretation of scientific uncertainty in favour of a precautionary approach rather than inaction and regulatory status quo.

Press release in FR here
Full reports in FR: volume 1 here – volume 2 here
Opinion in EN here


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More than 30,000 signatures to ‘Stop EDCs in toys’

WECF toys pic 1On 9 April campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF France) successfully delivered their petition “Stop endocrine disruptors in toys” to French Health and Environment Ministers.

WECF France stresses the need to act globally to reduce the impact of EDCs on our health as studies across Europe show that bisphenol A, phthalates and other EDCs are all harmful substances found in toys. The European directive on the safety of toys should be revised and the REACH regulations need to incorporate EDCs in their entirety.

At a time when France is developing its National Strategy on EDCs, WECF France on behalf of consumers and the 30,000 signatories who signed the petition, has asked French Health and Environment Ministers to adopt a comprehensive approach to the regulation of EDCs as a category of substances.

To do this, it is necessary to better understand the use of chemicals in toys and mobilise all stakeholders involved – including regulators, manufacturers, distributors, and consumer protection associations. The toy industry must work without causing a risk to health and the environment.

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