POPs in the news

25/05/2022 -

A new study has revealed a rise in toxic pesticides contaminating fruit on the shop shelves of Europe. Analysis carried out by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe found that there had been a 53 per cent rise in contaminated produce in the last nine years. More:


Shocking rise in toxic pesticides on European fruit, says study

A new study has revealed a rise in toxic pesticides contaminating fruit on the shop shelves of Europe. Analysis carried out by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe found that there had been a 53 per cent rise in contaminated produce in the last nine years. More:

23/05/2022 -

Green beauty cosmetics sold in the United States may contain contamination type levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to a recent consumer study. More:

Use of PFAS in cosmetics PFAS contamination of hygiene products PFAS in containers and packaging PFAS Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption, pregnancy and child development Taking action against harmful chemicals in beauty products PFAS Regulation and Certification Consumer products: Limitating human exposure to PFAS

Green Beauty Cosmetics Guide – PFAS Forever Chemicals & Makeup

Green beauty cosmetics sold in the United States may contain contamination type levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to a recent consumer study. More:

Use of PFAS in cosmetics PFAS contamination of hygiene products PFAS in containers and packaging PFAS Health effects PFAS Health effects: Endocrine disruption, pregnancy and child development Taking action against harmful chemicals in beauty products PFAS Regulation and Certification Consumer products: Limitating human exposure to PFAS
18/05/2022 -

The production and consumption of the foods, fuels and materials that dominate daily life are leading to large-scale environmental pollution that can impact the health of people across the globe. More:


'Polluted' babies, millions dead: Scientists sound alarm on global pollution

The production and consumption of the foods, fuels and materials that dominate daily life are leading to large-scale environmental pollution that can impact the health of people across the globe. More:

17/05/2022 -

Do your cooking oils contain indications of PFAS “forever chemicals?” That’s the question we’ve attempted to answer in our latest consumer study. Mamavation sent 67 cooking oils comprising olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, & ghee products off to an EPA-certified lab and is now unveiling those laboratory results. More:

PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS and Kitchen Appliances Possible sources of PFAS contamination PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine Disruption and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Fetal and Child Development Chemical Risk Assessment

Is PFAS found in Cooking Oils? – Non-Toxic Purchasing Guide 2022

Do your cooking oils contain indications of PFAS “forever chemicals?” That’s the question we’ve attempted to answer in our latest consumer study. Mamavation sent 67 cooking oils comprising olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, & ghee products off to an EPA-certified lab and is now unveiling those laboratory results. More:

PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging PFAS and Kitchen Appliances Possible sources of PFAS contamination PFAS Health Effects PFAS Health Effects: Endocrine Disruption and Fertility PFAS Health Effects: Fetal and Child Development Chemical Risk Assessment
17/05/2022 -

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined. More:

Pollution's contribution to the Global Burden of Disease and Death

Pollution responsible for one in six deaths across planet, scientists warn

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. The death toll from pollution dwarfs that from road traffic deaths, HIV/Aids, malaria and TB combined. More:

Pollution's contribution to the Global Burden of Disease and Death
15/05/2022 -

Limited information is available regarding chemical water quality at the tap in Guatemala City, preventing individuals, water utilities, and public health authorities from making data-driven decisions related to water quality. To address this need, 113 participants among households served by a range of water providers across the Guatemala City metropolitan area were recruited as participatory scientists to collect first-draw and flushed tap water samples at their residence. Samples were transported to the U.S. and analyzed for 20 metals and 25 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

PFAS in containers of consumers' products PFAS water contamination PFAS decontamination solutions EU Regulation of PFAS

A Participatory Science Approach to Evaluating Factors Associated with the Occurrence of Metals and PFAS in Guatemala City Tap Water

Limited information is available regarding chemical water quality at the tap in Guatemala City, preventing individuals, water utilities, and public health authorities from making data-driven decisions related to water quality. To address this need, 113 participants among households served by a range of water providers across the Guatemala City metropolitan area were recruited as participatory scientists to collect first-draw and flushed tap water samples at their residence. Samples were transported to the U.S. and analyzed for 20 metals and 25 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More:

PFAS in containers of consumers' products PFAS water contamination PFAS decontamination solutions EU Regulation of PFAS
13/05/2022 -

A news investigation has revealed alarming levels of so-called PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in the air, ground, and water surrounding two chemical plants south of Lyon, France’s third-largest city. More:

EU Regulation on toxic chemicals U.S. Regulation Chemical Planetary Boundary

'Forever chemicals': How toxic are the levels of PFAS found in French tap water and breast milk?

A news investigation has revealed alarming levels of so-called PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in the air, ground, and water surrounding two chemical plants south of Lyon, France’s third-largest city. More:

EU Regulation on toxic chemicals U.S. Regulation Chemical Planetary Boundary
12/05/2022 -

La ville de Pierre-Bénite, une commune française située en région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, est largement contaminée aux perfluorés. Des prélèvements de sol, d'air et d'eau en atteste, une situation qui inquiète les habitants. More:


Pollution : l'inquiétude à Pierre-Bénite

La ville de Pierre-Bénite, une commune française située en région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, est largement contaminée aux perfluorés. Des prélèvements de sol, d'air et d'eau en atteste, une situation qui inquiète les habitants. More:

12/05/2022 -

We know by now that PFAS is bad for a myriad of reasons. But it’s also bad because of something we don’t know much about at all, namely what happens when products containing PFAS are thrown in the garbage bin. More:

PFAS Pollution Biomonitoring of POPs

Nobody really knows what happens to PFAS when we throw our old products away

We know by now that PFAS is bad for a myriad of reasons. But it’s also bad because of something we don’t know much about at all, namely what happens when products containing PFAS are thrown in the garbage bin. More:

PFAS Pollution Biomonitoring of POPs
12/05/2022 -

There are so many current and upcoming regulations regarding the restriction of PFAS on EU level that they have started to overlap. But that’s a good thing, right – the more bans on harmful “forever chemicals” the better? Actually, legislative overlap risks causing confusion and double-work, potentially creating loopholes rather than stricter regulation. More:

EU Regulation of PFAS

How many PFAS bans does it take to ban PFAS?

There are so many current and upcoming regulations regarding the restriction of PFAS on EU level that they have started to overlap. But that’s a good thing, right – the more bans on harmful “forever chemicals” the better? Actually, legislative overlap risks causing confusion and double-work, potentially creating loopholes rather than stricter regulation. More:

EU Regulation of PFAS
08/05/2022 -

PFAS-tainted sewage sludge is used as fertilizer in fields and report finds that about 20m acres of cropland could be contaminated. More:

Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on the environment Impact on human health

‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says

PFAS-tainted sewage sludge is used as fertilizer in fields and report finds that about 20m acres of cropland could be contaminated. More:

Impact of PFAS contamination on agriculture Impact of PFAS contamination on the environment Impact on human health
07/05/2022 -

Nearly 60% of children’s textiles labeled “waterproof”, “stain-resistant”, or “environmentally friendly” that were tested as part of a new study contained toxic PFAS substances known as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment. More:

PFAS in products and labelling

‘Forever chemicals’ found in nearly 60% of children’s ‘waterproof’ or ‘stain-resistant’ textiles

Nearly 60% of children’s textiles labeled “waterproof”, “stain-resistant”, or “environmentally friendly” that were tested as part of a new study contained toxic PFAS substances known as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment. More:

PFAS in products and labelling
05/05/2022 -

Tropical mammals are living in an ever-changing chemical landscape warns a recent study, with wildlife increasingly exposed to an array of plastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and nanoparticles. The recent study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, warns that this underrecognized threat requires urgent action. More:

Wildlife Exposure to Chemicals Chemicals Impact on Wildlife Pesticide Use and Impact on Wildlife Chemical Planetary Boundary Air and Water Pollution Pollution Minimization Through Global Policy International Pesticide Trade

Tropical mammals under rising chemical pollution pressure, study warns

Tropical mammals are living in an ever-changing chemical landscape warns a recent study, with wildlife increasingly exposed to an array of plastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and nanoparticles. The recent study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, warns that this underrecognized threat requires urgent action. More:

Wildlife Exposure to Chemicals Chemicals Impact on Wildlife Pesticide Use and Impact on Wildlife Chemical Planetary Boundary Air and Water Pollution Pollution Minimization Through Global Policy International Pesticide Trade
04/05/2022 -

An unforgettable scene from the film “Dark Waters” is when the PFAS manufacturer DuPont starts searching for clean blood samples without PFAS so that they can compare them to the blood of their Teflon factory workers. They found none. A combination of factors has created the perfect storm, spreading this chemical family in a totally uncontrolled way all over the globe, into all of us. More:

PFAS in Food and Risk to Human Healh EU PFAS Regulation Chemicals Policy Debate

The PFAS Story: How did we end up here and what can be done about it?

An unforgettable scene from the film “Dark Waters” is when the PFAS manufacturer DuPont starts searching for clean blood samples without PFAS so that they can compare them to the blood of their Teflon factory workers. They found none. A combination of factors has created the perfect storm, spreading this chemical family in a totally uncontrolled way all over the globe, into all of us. More:

PFAS in Food and Risk to Human Healh EU PFAS Regulation Chemicals Policy Debate
04/05/2022 -

With more consumers demanding products free of toxic ingredients, determining which ones might be harmful and which ones are safe is difficult. A new research study shows many children’s products, including those with green certifications, contain harmful PFAS chemicals that were not listed on the label. More:

PFAS in Consumer Produts

Many “Eco-Friendly” Children’s Products Actually Contain Toxic PFAS Chemicals

With more consumers demanding products free of toxic ingredients, determining which ones might be harmful and which ones are safe is difficult. A new research study shows many children’s products, including those with green certifications, contain harmful PFAS chemicals that were not listed on the label. More:

PFAS in Consumer Produts
02/05/2022 -

What if we told you many of those tasty packaged food items like cupcakes, chips, cookies, frozen pizza, pies, candy bars, etc. contain certain chemicals concocted in a lab to help them look and taste more appealing and enjoy a much longer shelf life? Could you live with that? Maybe. More:

The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Regulation Toxic Food Ingredients and Health Effects

Thousands Of Unregulated Chemicals Are Currently In Your Food, Experts Say

What if we told you many of those tasty packaged food items like cupcakes, chips, cookies, frozen pizza, pies, candy bars, etc. contain certain chemicals concocted in a lab to help them look and taste more appealing and enjoy a much longer shelf life? Could you live with that? Maybe. More:

The Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Regulation Toxic Food Ingredients and Health Effects
28/04/2022 -

Europe will greatly accelerate the way it eliminates harmful chemicals. Officials will block the use of large families of chemicals, instead of one by one. The EEB predicts that with this ‘the great detox’ 5,000 to 7,000 of the most notorious chemicals will be gone by 2030, including all flame retardants, bisphenols, PFAS and PVC plastics. More:

EU's Chemical Strategy for sustainability Reactions on upcoming EU's regulation EU Regulation and REACH Chemicals Management Overview Human Exposure and Human Rights Human Health Effects Environmental Impact

The Great Detox - Largest ever ban of toxic chemicals announced by EU

Europe will greatly accelerate the way it eliminates harmful chemicals. Officials will block the use of large families of chemicals, instead of one by one. The EEB predicts that with this ‘the great detox’ 5,000 to 7,000 of the most notorious chemicals will be gone by 2030, including all flame retardants, bisphenols, PFAS and PVC plastics. More:

EU's Chemical Strategy for sustainability Reactions on upcoming EU's regulation EU Regulation and REACH Chemicals Management Overview Human Exposure and Human Rights Human Health Effects Environmental Impact
12/04/2022 -

Mamavation sent 55 tomato & marinara sauces (both organic and conventional) to an EPA-certified laboratory to discover that 8% of tested products in 2021 contained indications of PFAS. Which brands had detections and how is this possible? The answers were surprising. More:

PFAS in Food, Food packaging and Cosmetics PFAS Exposure and Health Effects PFAS and Endocrine disruption Sewage sludge and POPs contamination PFAS Monitoring PFAS Regulation Alternatives: Limitation of Human Exposure to POPs

PFAS Found in Organic Tomato & Pasta Sauce - Purchasing Guide 2021

Mamavation sent 55 tomato & marinara sauces (both organic and conventional) to an EPA-certified laboratory to discover that 8% of tested products in 2021 contained indications of PFAS. Which brands had detections and how is this possible? The answers were surprising. More:

PFAS in Food, Food packaging and Cosmetics PFAS Exposure and Health Effects PFAS and Endocrine disruption Sewage sludge and POPs contamination PFAS Monitoring PFAS Regulation Alternatives: Limitation of Human Exposure to POPs
10/04/2022 -

The Ministry of Environment announced the conclusion of the Sustainable Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants Project, which helped Egypt get rid of 1,000 tons of each of toxic pesticides, and oils contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). More:


Egypt gets rid of 2K tons of Persistent Organic Pollutants through international funding

The Ministry of Environment announced the conclusion of the Sustainable Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants Project, which helped Egypt get rid of 1,000 tons of each of toxic pesticides, and oils contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). More:

07/04/2022 -

The EU has some of the world’s strictest chemical controls but dangerous substances are still creeping into the market, threatening the health of workers, consumers and the environment. Dolores Romano and Andreea Anca look at the flaws in the Authorisation and Restriction procedures of EU’s main chemicals regulation. More:

EU Chemicals Regulation

Walking the EU’s talk on a toxic-free environment – Part 2

The EU has some of the world’s strictest chemical controls but dangerous substances are still creeping into the market, threatening the health of workers, consumers and the environment. Dolores Romano and Andreea Anca look at the flaws in the Authorisation and Restriction procedures of EU’s main chemicals regulation. More:

EU Chemicals Regulation
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