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New study shows “BPA-free” labels may increase risky behavior

In All, General by Andrew Maynard

Products with the label “BPA-free” have become ubiquitous on store shelves in recent years.  It’s a trend that has been driven by consumer concerns that the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, may be harmful at low doses.  Yet a recent study suggests that the label may mislead consumers into thinking that “free” means “safer” — even when there’s a chance that the substances used to substitute for BPA …

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BPA and cash register receipts: should you be worried?

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General by Andrew Maynard

I’m a bit of a cash register receipt junkie.  I obsessively stuff my wallet with those little slips of thermal paper telling me how much I’ve spent.  And it has to be paper – none of this e-receipt nonsense.  But an article published last week in the journal PLOS One gave me some pause to rethink this habit. Bisphenol-A The paper focused …

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Nanoparticles in Dunkin’ Donuts? Do the math!

In All, Food Products by Andrew Maynard

Nanoparticles in food products Over the past couple of years a number of articles have been posted claiming that we’re eating more food products containing nanoparticles than we know (remember this piece from a couple of weeks ago?).  One of the latest appeared on The Guardian website yesterday with the headline “Activists take aim at nanomaterials in Dunkin’ Donuts” (thanks to @HilarySutcliffe for the …

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Lost in Nano-Translation: Titanium Dioxide in Food Products

In All, Food Products, General by Andrew Maynard

Recently the American publication Mother Jones published an article on the dangers of food laced with tiny metal oxide particles. The article, however, is laced with errors and misinformation. The source material for the article came from a report by the environmental organisation Friends of the Earth, an online database of nanotechnology-based consumer products and a peer-reviewed paper published in …

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BPA and health risks – what does the latest science show?

In All, Consumer products, Food Products by Andrew Maynard

Should you be worried about being exposed to bisphenol A (BPA)? The European Food and Safety Agency (EFSA) has just released its latest (draft) scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of BPA in foodstuffs. As it’s over 500 pages long, Risk Bites has summarize the highlights in a rather shorter video! Update: The final EFSA …