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Phthalates ban in toys coming soon

I am traveling today and tomorrow for Evonik’s plant groundbreaking event in Mobile, Alabama. The facility will produce alkoxides, which are used as catalysts in biodiesel production. Aside from the biodiesel industry, Evonik will also give an update on the lithium ion batteries market as well as tidbits on how sea urchins are playing a […]

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Bitter accusations on sugar plants

Sugar manufacturer Imperial Sugar is taking offense on the citations and allegations made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency regarding the company’s workplace safety. Last week, OSHA issued Imperial Sugar an $8.8m fine, said to be the third largest in OSHA’s history, following a sugar refinery explosion in February at the company’s […]

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EPA to ban carbofuran pesticide

Then US Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it has identified risks associated with the pesticide carbofuran and is proceeding toward cancelling the pesticide’s registration. “EPA has concluded that dietary, worker, and ecological risks are of concern for all uses of carbofuran. All products containing carbofuran generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on humans and […]

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Cosmetic safety in question. Again.

No matter how safe or thoroughly tested cosmetic ingredients are, there’s always one (or two or more) that will always be put into question. Just in time for the summer, the Environmental Working Group claimed that out of nearly 1,000 sunscreen products in the US market, four out of five offer inadequate protection from the […]

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EPA gets pesticide lawsuit

I wonder how many lawsuits the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gets each week? I just got this press release from the group Earthjustice, and they, among a coalition of farmworkers, public health, and environmental groups, filed a lawsuit today against the EPA to stop the use of organochlorine pesticide endosulfan. The coalition said that […]

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Of mice and men

What’s the difference between mice and men? The difference, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), is that people metabolize (when taken in tolerable dosage)and excrete bisphenol-A far more quickly than rodents. The EFSA released an update today and reaffirmed that people are safe from the levels of BPA exposure which may be present […]

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Nightmare on Sesame Street

With closer scrutiny on lead-contained toy products, you might think that your kids’ toys might now be safe but retailers, product manufacturers and ultimately consumers should also consider each product’s complete life cycle analysis not just raw materials but including labor and manufacturing environment. Isn’t that what companies now call sustainability? According to a report […]

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Where’s your old celphone?

According to a survey by Nokia, only 3% of the people they interviewed in 13 countries recycled their old mobile phones, 4% threw them in the landfill, and a majority left them on drawers or other places at home to gather dust. Others sell their used devices or passed them to families and friends. The […]

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Media lessons on plastics

The chemical industry must really be getting irritated by the continued sensationalism of supposed toxic consumer products (especially brought on by the media).I just got this email from the American Chemistry Council stating the facts about phthalates on consumer products: Attention: MediaConsumer Products that Do Not Contain Phthalates This media alert is in response to […]

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Dirty plastics need not apply

Recycled plastics might be healthy for the environment but is it safe for food use? The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published this month its guidelines on recycled plastics for food packaging to make sure the plastics are not contaminated. EFSA will take into account the quality of the input materials, the efficiency of the […]

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