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Exposure to certain PDBE flame retardants are associated with lower scores on tests of mental and physical development in children up to 6 years of age

A prior post noted the association between PDBE flame retardants and time to pregnancy. Because PDBE's are persistent and bioaccumulative, they have become ubiquitous in the environment. Animal studies have indicated that prenatal PBDE exposure may result in adverse neurodevelopmental effects...

Children in nonsmoking families have higher levels of secondhand exposure if they live in multifamily dwellings

Prior posts have noted some of the chemical and adverse health effects that arise from the smoking of tobacco; a recent post also discussed the science developed to date regarding so-called thirdhand smoke. Children who grow up in apartment buildings are more likely to inhale secondhand tobacco smoke...

CDC Advisory Committee recommends lead poisoning be deemed to start at 5 mcg per dL

Prior posts have noted a number of studies over recent years that have demonstrated the adverse impact of lead at levels below that traditionally considered as indicating "lead poisoning", 10 mcg/dL. Lead poisoning continues to be a serious health problem for young children, especially those...

Steps Are Being Taken by Various Entities to Reduce Consumer Exposure to BPA

Numerous prior posts noted that nearly everyone in the U.S. has low levels of BPA in their body, and have reviewed the animal and laboratory studies which indicate that BPA exposure may have adverse health effects on humans. It has also been noted that recent evidence indicates that the major vector...

Update on BPA Use and Production

The post on March 18, Steps Are Being Taken by Various Entities to Reduce Consumer Exposure to BPA , noted that Campbell's was planning on removing BPA from its soup cans. Other companies are also taking steps to decrease, minimize, or eliminate BPA from their food storage containers. As noted...

FDA Rejects BPA Ban

By Elise N. Paeffgen , Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging. FDA never responded to NRDC's petition, forcing NRDC's hand to file suit in 2010...

Have past blood tests for BPA been faulty? Recently published study so claims

Prior posts have noted in detail the results of various studies of the impacts of BPA on various test media (e.g., animals). Prior posts have described the ongoing public debate over BPA and its listing and then delisting as a reproductive toxicant under California's Proposition 65. A recent post...

Regulation of Chemicals in Consumer Products on the Rise

In recent years, manufacturers have seen a marked increase in state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. While the regulation of hazardous and toxic chemicals in consumer products is certainly not a new concept, particularly on the federal level, the proliferation of state regulation creates...