We hope you can join us this Thursday, June 29, at 11am Pacific for a webcast featuring short videos and live discussion about flame retardants and bisphenols & phthalates with Mark Leno, candidate for Mayor of San Francisco and Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group. There is more information below and you can register here for the June 29 and July 6 webcasts.
Tom Bruton and I have just finished coordinating a Scientists letter which will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal: Proposal for coordinated health research in PFAS-contaminated communities. Legislators have already told us the letter is of use in helping communities whose water has been contaminated with highly fluorinated chemicals. Please email Tom or me for a copy of the letter if you are a scientist and would like to read it and consider signing on.
Also, we are always looking to hire outstanding scientists with a passion for reducing the use of toxic chemicals to protect our health and environment. Please visit our jobs page if that sounds interesting to you.
Arlene and the Green Science Policy team
Buyer Beware: Antimicrobial Products Can Do More Harm Than Good
Are you buying antimicrobial or antibacterial soaps? According to over 200 scientists from 29 countries, you may want to save your money. A consensus statement that we coordinated was published last week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives concluding that common antimicrobial products do not provide health benefits and cause health and environmental harm.
Last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that 19 different antimicrobial chemicals, including infamous triclosan and triclocarban, were not effective and should not be used in consumer soaps. The Florence Statement states that the FDA’s decision does not go far enough to protect consumers and the environment. The statement received broad media coverage, including articles in The Washington Post, Forbes, and Environmental Health News.
While use of triclosan and triclocarban in soaps has recently declined, soap now often contains substitute antimicrobials which may be no better. Our Six Classes approach advises that the best way to prevent potential harm is to avoid antimicrobial products whenever possible. For tips on how to avoid antimicrobials in products, visit www.GreenSciencePolicy.org/antimicrobials.
Now, we are launching a similar study to learn if our pets are being exposed to fluorinated chemicals from the packaging around their food. If you have a pet whose food or treats comes in bags, please join our study by sending us a sample of the packaging and we will can test it for fluorinated chemicals. Thank you in advance for participating. You will contribute to our study and learn if your pets might be exposed to fluorinated chemicals.
Cut out a 2×2 inch sample of the food or treat bag and place it in a ziplock bag. Record the product information (item name, brand, store name and location) and your contact information (name, email, and mailing address) on a piece of paper. Put the paper in the ziplock bag and mail to:
An important new study from Heather Stapleton’s lab at Duke University found high levels of the flame retardant chlorinated tris, (TDCIPP), which is a probable carcinogen, in infants. The authors compared infants’ daily exposure to this flame retardant to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acceptable Daily Dose and found that somewhere between 2-9% of infants had exposures higher than the Acceptable Daily Dose. Some of the infants levels were nearly three times the US CPSC acceptable level. These infants’ high exposure to TDCPP is likely a result of the flame retardants use in car seats, mattresses, and other products. One could question the overall benefit of flame retardants in baby products when it leads to many infants being exposed on a daily basis to these harmful chemicals.
Highly Fluorinated Compounds: Social and Scientific Discovery
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The Six Classes Approach to Reducing Harmful Chemicals
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Mark Leno, Retired State Senator and Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco