POPs in the news

22/02/2024 -

This report examines the commercial availability and current uses of PFASs and alternatives in cosmetics, as well as their market penetration, feasibility, effectiveness and cost. Thirty-six PFASs (polymeric and non-polymeric) were identified as intentionally added to cosmetics. PFASs provide a wide range of functions in cosmetic products, acting as hair and skin conditioning agents, emulsifiers, stabilisers, oil and water-resistant agents, lubricants, bulking agents and/or oil-resistant surfactants. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Use of PFAS PFAS in Cosmetics Risk Assessment of PFAS in Cosmetics Screening of PFAS in Cosmetics

PFASs and alternatives in cosmetics: report on commercial availability and current uses

This report examines the commercial availability and current uses of PFASs and alternatives in cosmetics, as well as their market penetration, feasibility, effectiveness and cost. Thirty-six PFASs (polymeric and non-polymeric) were identified as intentionally added to cosmetics. PFASs provide a wide range of functions in cosmetic products, acting as hair and skin conditioning agents, emulsifiers, stabilisers, oil and water-resistant agents, lubricants, bulking agents and/or oil-resistant surfactants. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Use of PFAS PFAS in Cosmetics Risk Assessment of PFAS in Cosmetics Screening of PFAS in Cosmetics
21/02/2024 -

Levels of mercury persist in tuna, decades after pollution controls were introduced to limit emissions, scientists say. The poisonous element is released by mining and burning coal and ends up in the ocean, where it builds up in fish. More:


Mercury mystery: Poisonous element persists in tuna

Levels of mercury persist in tuna, decades after pollution controls were introduced to limit emissions, scientists say. The poisonous element is released by mining and burning coal and ends up in the ocean, where it builds up in fish. More:

20/02/2024 -

Potential carcinogenic contaminants were found in almost 90 per cent of instant noodles tested by Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog. The Consumer Council has urged the industry to reduce the production of harmful substances to safeguard public health following the study published on February 15, 2024. Council officials said the potentially cancer-causing chemicals 3-MCPD and glycidol were detected in 17 of the 19 samples of pre-packaged fried and non-fried instant noodles that were tested along with their seasoning packets and toppings. More:

Chemicals in Instant Noodles Instant Noodles Health Risk

Potential cancer-causing chemicals found in instant noodles

Potential carcinogenic contaminants were found in almost 90 per cent of instant noodles tested by Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog. The Consumer Council has urged the industry to reduce the production of harmful substances to safeguard public health following the study published on February 15, 2024. Council officials said the potentially cancer-causing chemicals 3-MCPD and glycidol were detected in 17 of the 19 samples of pre-packaged fried and non-fried instant noodles that were tested along with their seasoning packets and toppings. More:

Chemicals in Instant Noodles Instant Noodles Health Risk
20/02/2024 -

Two Texas farm families have seen their health decline, their pets and livestock sickened and killed, their water poisoned and and their property values wiped out due to high levels of chemical contamination linked to a company marketing treated sewage sludge as a fertilizer and soil conditioner, according to a lawsuit filed by the families. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS Contamination in Farms PFAS Human Impact PFAS Management

Dead livestock and poisoned water — Texas farmers sue over PFAS contamination

Two Texas farm families have seen their health decline, their pets and livestock sickened and killed, their water poisoned and and their property values wiped out due to high levels of chemical contamination linked to a company marketing treated sewage sludge as a fertilizer and soil conditioner, according to a lawsuit filed by the families. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS Contamination in Farms PFAS Human Impact PFAS Regulation
19/02/2024 -

Tea has been an integral part of Bangladeshi life for long. From breakfast to evening chat, tea is a favorite drink to serve. Besides Bangladesh, tea is among the most popular drinks in countries like India, China, Japan and the United Kingdom. More:

Use of Herbicides in Tea Plantations Herbicides Impact on Biodiversity Glyphosate, Human Health Impact and Regulation

Herbicide used in Bangladesh tea production threatens biodiversity & health

Tea has been an integral part of Bangladeshi life for long. From breakfast to evening chat, tea is a favorite drink to serve. Besides Bangladesh, tea is among the most popular drinks in countries like India, China, Japan and the United Kingdom. More:

Use of Herbicides in Tea Plantations Herbicides Impact on Biodiversity Glyphosate, Human Health Impact and Regulation
15/02/2024 -

The study, led by scientists at the Environmental Working Group and published today in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, is one of the first in the U.S. to examine levels of the chemical in people and is concerning as previous animal lab studies found it negatively impacts reproduction and post birth health, and impairs proper weight and bone development. More:

Chlormequat
  • Chlormequat Chloride (Fact sheet) (download PDF)  –  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Human Exposure Human Health Impact

Why is this largely unknown pesticide showing up in our bodies?

The study, led by scientists at the Environmental Working Group and published today in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, is one of the first in the U.S. to examine levels of the chemical in people and is concerning as previous animal lab studies found it negatively impacts reproduction and post birth health, and impairs proper weight and bone development. More:

Chlormequat
  • Chlormequat Chloride (Fact sheet) (download PDF)  –  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Human Exposure Human Health Impact
15/02/2024 -

As the invasive water lettuce continues to multiply along the Vaal River, Rand Water has begun an integrated response to halt the growth, spraying herbicide on the plants and releasing weevils as biological control agents. While the response is seen by some as necessary to urgently address socioeconomic implications, it’s seen as controversial by others. More:

Water Lettuce and Glyphosate Glyphosate Health Impact Biocontrol Strategies

Spraying of controversial herbicide on Vaal River water lettuce begins – critics urge caution

As the invasive water lettuce continues to multiply along the Vaal River, Rand Water has begun an integrated response to halt the growth, spraying herbicide on the plants and releasing weevils as biological control agents. While the response is seen by some as necessary to urgently address socioeconomic implications, it’s seen as controversial by others. More:

Water Lettuce and Glyphosate Glyphosate Health Impact Biocontrol Strategies
14/02/2024 -

The decision at the committee level in the Parliament follows the European Commission’s July proposal, which aimed to reduce the number of unsafe toys sold in the EU – with special emphasis on the online market – by ensuring a level playing field between toys manufactured in the EU and imported ones. More:

Endocrine Disruptors and Health Risks Measures Adopted by European Commission Critical Matters in the EU Chemicals Strategy

EU’s new rules to protect children from harmful chemicals in toys

The decision at the committee level in the Parliament follows the European Commission’s July proposal, which aimed to reduce the number of unsafe toys sold in the EU – with special emphasis on the online market – by ensuring a level playing field between toys manufactured in the EU and imported ones. More:

Endocrine Disruptors and Health Risks Measures Adopted by European Commission Critical Matters in the EU Chemicals Strategy
14/02/2024 -

The study builds on evidence that a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics, are harming a range of species important for planetary health. Neonics have been banned in many countries but are popular with farmers in the United States. More:

Neonicotinoids: Impact on Soil Exposure Impact on Earthworms Exposure Impact on Humans Pesticides Regulation

Pesticide-treated seeds harm earthworms, study finds

The study builds on evidence that a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics, are harming a range of species important for planetary health. Neonics have been banned in many countries but are popular with farmers in the United States. More:

Neonicotinoids: Impact on Soil Exposure Impact on Earthworms Exposure Impact on Humans Pesticides Regulation
12/02/2024 -

Every February half-term, I think back to the French ski trips I went on as a teenager. I remember the freshness of the cold, crisp air as I snow-ploughed my way down the slopes. Escaping to somewhere seemingly so pristine felt like a world away from where I grew up in London. Back then, I never considered that snow could be a potential source of exposure to a harmful chemical. More:

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS in Ski Wax PFAS at Home PFAS Health Impact PFAS Risk Assessment and Regulation

Forever chemicals in ski wax are being spread on snowy slopes

Every February half-term, I think back to the French ski trips I went on as a teenager. I remember the freshness of the cold, crisp air as I snow-ploughed my way down the slopes. Escaping to somewhere seemingly so pristine felt like a world away from where I grew up in London. Back then, I never considered that snow could be a potential source of exposure to a harmful chemical. More:

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS in Ski Wax PFAS at Home PFAS Health Impact PFAS Risk Assessment and Regulation
10/02/2024 -

News reports of cancers potentially linked to a North Carolina State University building that was shut down in November after the discovery of environmental contaminants prompted a faculty vote of no-confidence in university leadership this week and caused a dust-up between university and federal officials over who halted a federal evaluation into the building. More:

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) PCBs in Buildings The Case of North Carolina State University PCBs Indoor Analysis

Reports Of Cancers Linked To NC State Building Spur Controversy: Here’s What’s Happening

News reports of cancers potentially linked to a North Carolina State University building that was shut down in November after the discovery of environmental contaminants prompted a faculty vote of no-confidence in university leadership this week and caused a dust-up between university and federal officials over who halted a federal evaluation into the building. More:

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) PCBs in Buildings The Case of North Carolina State University PCBs Indoor Analysis
08/02/2024 -

Longtime University of Washington goalies coach Amy Griffin is not an activist by nature. But 15 years ago, she identified what she believed was a trend that she couldn’t ignore in good conscience — young goalies being diagnosed with blood cancer. More:

Artificial Turf Human Health Risks

Does playing soccer on artificial turf increase cancer risk, especially in kids?

Longtime University of Washington goalies coach Amy Griffin is not an activist by nature. But 15 years ago, she identified what she believed was a trend that she couldn’t ignore in good conscience — young goalies being diagnosed with blood cancer. More:

Artificial Turf Human Health Risks
08/02/2024 -

NORTH CAROLINA — A superior court judge put forward an order Wednesday to make DuPont’s subsidiaries liable for PFAS contamination caused by the original company if deemed responsible for damages alleged in a lawsuit filed by attorney general Josh Stein. More:

GenX Chemicals

Superior Court rules in favor of AG Stein’s suit to put DuPont’s subsidiaries on the hook for PFAS damages

NORTH CAROLINA — A superior court judge put forward an order to make DuPont’s subsidiaries liable for PFAS contamination caused by the original company if deemed responsible for damages alleged in a lawsuit filed by attorney general Josh Stein. More:

GenX Chemicals
06/02/2024 -

Dust is full of seemingly benign detritus, but experts say it may also contain contaminants with concerning health implications. More:

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Indoor Dust Exposure and Health Impact Wildfire Smoke Health Risks

Dust busters: what’s really in household dust and how to get rid of it

Dust is full of seemingly benign detritus, but experts say it may also contain contaminants with concerning health implications. More:

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Indoor Dust Exposure and Health Impact Wildfire Smoke Health Risks
06/02/2024 -

Young adults whose diets are rich in unsweetened teas, processed meats and takeout foods could be increasing their exposure to “forever chemicals,” a new study has found. More:

Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Food

Consumption of teas, takeout, hot dogs could come with a side of ‘forever chemicals’

Young adults whose diets are rich in unsweetened teas, processed meats and takeout foods could be increasing their exposure to “forever chemicals,” a new study has found. More:

Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Food
06/02/2024 -

Premature births are on the rise, yet experts aren’t sure why. Now, researchers have found synthetic chemicals called phthalates used in clear food packaging and personal care products could be a culprit, according to a new study. More:

Chemicals in Plastics Phthalates Health Effects Phthalates: Impact on Fetal Development Phthalates: Impact on Children' Health

Foods we eat are covered in plastics that may be causing a rise in premature births, study says

Premature births are on the rise, yet experts aren’t sure why. Now, researchers have found synthetic chemicals called phthalates used in clear food packaging and personal care products could be a culprit, according to a new study. More:

Chemicals in Plastics Phthalates Health Effects Phthalates: Impact on Fetal Development Phthalates: Impact on Children' Health
05/02/2024 -

Scott Minor is superintendent for the water system serving the area around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, in southern Maine, a growing region where summer tourists flocking to the coast swell the demand for water. Minor's water system had identified a safe, out-of-the-way spot for a well to supplement the water supply. Imagine Minor's surprise when tests of the well water revealed that it was contaminated by chemicals known as PFAS. More:

PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS Exposure PFAS Water Filters

These Companies Are Trying to Remove Toxic Forever Chemicals From Our Water

Scott Minor is superintendent for the water system serving the area around Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, in southern Maine, a growing region where summer tourists flocking to the coast swell the demand for water. Minor's water system had identified a safe, out-of-the-way spot for a well to supplement the water supply. Imagine Minor's surprise when tests of the well water revealed that it was contaminated by chemicals known as PFAS. More:

PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS Exposure PFAS Water Filters
04/02/2024 -

Members of Parliament have called for "health to come first" and not economic interests in front of the gate of the Chemours chemical plant in Dordrecht. Geert Gabriëls (GroenLinks-PvdA) and Ines Kostić (Party for the Animals), together with provincial and local politicians from the SP, were among the 200 protesters at the gate of the plant, which has been emitting large quantities of harmful PFAS for years. On Saturday, residents were demonstrating in front of the chemical company Chemours in Dordrecht for the 200th time. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS in Humans, Wildlife and the Environment

MPs call on Chemours to put health first, campaign for PFAS ban

Members of Parliament have called for "health to come first" and not economic interests in front of the gate of the Chemours chemical plant in Dordrecht. Geert Gabriëls (GroenLinks-PvdA) and Ines Kostić (Party for the Animals), together with provincial and local politicians from the SP, were among the 200 protesters at the gate of the plant, which has been emitting large quantities of harmful PFAS for years. On Saturday, residents were demonstrating in front of the chemical company Chemours in Dordrecht for the 200th time. More:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) PFAS in Drinking Water PFAS in Humans, Wildlife and the Environment
01/02/2024 -

Vets should limit the use of flea treatments containing pesticides on dogs and cats, scientists have said, after a study revealed the vast amount of toxic substances in them that end up in rivers. More:

Pesticides Used in Flea Treatment Pesticides Environmental Pollution Exposure to Pesticides

Vets urged to cut pesticide flea treatments amid river pollution fears

Vets should limit the use of flea treatments containing pesticides on dogs and cats, scientists have said, after a study revealed the vast amount of toxic substances in them that end up in rivers. More:

Pesticides Used in Flea Treatment Pesticides Environmental Pollution Exposure to Pesticides
31/01/2024 -

The Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government must fully enforce it. More:

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS in Drinking Water Towards Measures Against Harmful Chemicals Chemicals Regulation

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

The Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government must fully enforce it. More:

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) PFAS in Drinking Water Towards Measures Against Harmful Chemicals Chemicals Regulation
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