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July 2012: The time is now to take action

Submit data on Bisphenol-A in food contact materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for data on the occurrence and migration of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in materials such as polycarbonate bottles and internal lining of cans. Member States, research institutions, academia, food business operators, packaging business operators and other stakeholders are invited to submit data on Bisphenol A, in particular on the occurrence data in food and beverages intended for human consumption, the migration data from food contact materials, and the occurrence data in food contacts materials.

Data should be transmitted using the EFSA web interface “Data Collection Framework (DCF) at https://dcf.efsa.europa.eu/dcf-war by 31 July 2012. Act now!

Have your say on the future of EU noise policies

The EU Commission is consulting on future measures to reduce noise exposure, a key issue for public health protection. Citizens, experts and practitioners in public authorities, trade unions, NGOs, health experts and others are invited to comment on the effectiveness of the EU Environmental Noise Directive (END) and the future of EU noise policies. Potential measures that participants are invited to comment on include setting EU-wide noise limits or trigger values, and noise labels for road vehicles and houses. The consultation is part of the follow-up to an implementation report on the END from 2011.

The deadline to submit views is 25 September 2012. Act now!

Sign on to the PPTOX consensus statement on early life exposure

The scientific consensus statement from the recent ‘PPTOX’ conference on environmental and nutritional stressors in the developmental origins of disease is now open for signatures from scientists.

The paper highlights that because early development (in utero and during the first few years after birth) is particularly sensitive to disruption by exposures to chemicals in the environment and to imbalanced nutrition, with potentially adverse consequences for health later in life, both research and disease prevention strategies should focus more on these vulnerable life stages.

The paper is now open for further signatures from scientists, who can sign by sending their name, affiliation, and country to pptox3@gmail.com. Act now!

Last updated on 5 September 2012

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