The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday voted 3-2 to ban five phthalates from children's products. "From the beginning of this rule-making process, ACC has questioned the science supporting the agency's decisions, as well as the process by which those decisions are developed," said Eileen Conneely of the American Chemistry Council.
Multiple Republican senators have threatened to hold up Environmental Protection Agency nominees over concerns about the Trump administration's biofuels policies, while Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has placed a hold on the nominations of Bill Wehrum and Michael Dourson.
The Toxics Release Inventory program could be split into two or maintained under one of two possible divisions under three proposals discussed as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's reorganization of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. The reorganization is being prompted by the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act.
Sasol's saleable production increased to 10 million tons in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, marking a 22% increase year over year.
Procter & Gamble's Imflux unit has unveiled a software-controlled injection-molding process that uses low, constant pressure to fill molds. "Imflux is making real-time adjustments for viscosity shifts, whether it's the material, the temperature or something in the mold," said Imflux Chief Technology Officer Gene Altonen.
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s has issued new guidelines for omega-3 oxidation control. "Because oxidation can happen at any stage of handling an EPA/DHA-containing oil or finished product, these best-practice guidelines provide specific approaches on how to handle, store, and sample omega-3 products," GOED's Gerard Bannenberg said.
The European Food Safety Authority has approved 12 modified starches for use in sauce and pie fillings and has concluded that there is "no safety concern for the use of modified starches as food additives" and "no need for a numerical acceptable daily intake." While there was some concern about the absorption of modified starches, studies found amylose and amylopectin are naturally fermented by gut bacteria, producing short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed during digestion.
Food microbiology laboratories should focus on developing strong proficiency testing plans to keep pace with ISO 17025 accreditation and regulatory compliance. Several factors should be considered when designing a PT plan, such as PT providers, frequency and rotational models.
The Environmental Protection Agency's draft strategic plan for fiscal 2018-22 contains many provisions outlined in the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act, including using data to develop high-throughput chemical-risk assessments. The agency also plans to seek alternatives to animal testing.
ExxonMobil has opened the first of two lines at its polyethylene plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, with annual projected output of 650,000 tons. The second line will increase capacity by an additional 650,000 tons.