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Chemicals in Products

Calls for Identification and monitoring of source sites

(Prague, Czech Republic) - The large group of perfluorinated chemicals, collectively known as PFAS and often called "Forever Chemicals" because they are not easily broken down, have been found nearly everywhere researchers have looked for them — but particularly in food, water supplies, and soils. Czech Republic NGO Arnika recently studied sources in and around Prague, and found PFAS, its related chemicals, and additionally brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in nearly every sample. The study, Forever Chemicals Round and Round, made clear that identifying and continually monitoring PFAS and BFR sources is vital for community health and environmental sustainability.

Although regulation of these chemicals is increasing, the categories of perfluorinated and brominated chemicals are large. So as one chemical is identified and listed for restriction, another is adopted for use, all without understanding the underlying health effects. Ironically, many of these substances have known, safe alternatives. In response to studies showing PFAS in blood samples of firefighters, airports have been moving to safer fire-fighting foams, replacing fluorinated forms, which constitute roughly one-third of known PFAS contamination and which have been found in water ways near airports, including in Arnika's recent study.

“Perfluorinated substances and brominated flame retardants are not essential for the majority of applications and there are already safer alternatives on the market today. Therefore, their production should stop immediately. We call on both manufacturers and legislators to restrict the use of these toxic substances for all non-essential purposes. The deterioration in the quality of drinking water and the global environmental contamination caused by PFAS are irreversible,” says Jitka Strakova from Arnika.

Contamination of water bodies with perfluorinated substances and brominated flame retardants in the Prague area

A study of flourinated and brominated chemicals in fish, water, and soil samples from locations in near Prague, Czech Republic, conducted by Arnika.

QUEZON CITY – A toxics watchdog group pushed for consumer vigilance to counter the illegal sale of aerosol or spray paints for general use laden with high concentrations of lead.

http://www.mindanao-sun.com/ecowaste-urges-vigilance-against-unlawful-sale-of-aerosol-paints/

The EcoWaste Coalition pleaded for vigilance after detecting dangerously high lead levels in 13 new spray paints ahead of the seventh anniversary of the groundbreaking Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Re

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Sunday said the government of Bangladesh has not allowed and will never allow plastic waste and its illegal trade into our country.

https://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/523542/Govt-won’t-allow-plastic-waste-trade

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Sunday said the government of Bangladesh has not allowed and will never allow plastic waste and its illegal trade into our country.

On January 1, China will no longer be accepting waste from other countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia likely to feel the brunt of the new policy
Campaigners, scientists say Trudeau government showed 'bad faith' by using loophole on plastic waste

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-us-plastic-waste-basel-1.5827340

Environmental groups are accusing the Trudeau government of acting in bad faith after it quietly signed a bilateral agreement with the U.S. that could allow it to evade some of its obligations to stop shipping plastic waste to poor countries around the world.

Vendu dans les rayons en République du Congo, le produit de la marque américaine Johnson&Johnson contiendrait des substances potentiellement cancérigènes.
Results of a second investigation on the contents of phthalic plasticizers in the yellow rubber ducky

Report by Toxics Free Corps, China, in Chinese: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/VU1uMImC6ABmZ8wr3szlKA

Informe de la Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina advierte de los impactos de estas sustancias en la salud humana, animal y ambiental.

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