In this study by the Nexus3 Foundation and IPEN, we found the “Forever Chemicals” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in synthetic clothing, food packaging, and other consumer products sold in Indonesia. PFAS are a large family of chemicals known to persist in the environment and linked with serious health impacts, including cancer, heart disease, and infertility. The study today found that 62% of Indonesian samples tested had high levels of PFAS, above the safety limits proposed in the EU for PFAS in consumer products.
Technical review calls for protecting health and the environment from toxic chemical exposures throughout the plastic life cycle
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Geneva - A report released this week from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions notes that chemicals released throughout the life cycle of plastics pose serious health and environmental threats and should be the focus of global regulations.
The Rotterdam Convention is a critical tool for the safe and sound management of chemicals globally. Its Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure ensures that countries have a RIGHT TO KNOW what highly hazardous listed chemicals and pesticides are entering their country. This allows them to take appropriate regulatory action to restrict or prohibit entry to safeguard the health of their citizens and the environment.
A general overview of Togo’s agricultural activities shows that agriculture occupies an estimated cultivable area of 3.6 million ha, i.e. 60% of the country’s total area, of which 41% is cultivated (1.4 million ha).
In an effort to control insect pests, weeds and microscopic fungi that are harmful to crops, a large quantity of chemical pesticides are commonly used. One of these is chlorpyrifos.
Mindful of the dangers associated with the use of chemical pesticides in Togo, the Government has taken measures to regulate their use in the agricultural sector.
UV-328 and Dechlorane Plus, and the pesticide methoxychlor are added to the Annex A list under the Stockholm Convention for global elimination, but exemptions for the two plastic chemicals will lead to ongoing toxic exposures
Friday, 05 May 2023
Traceability of materials and wastes containing POPs is identified as a global concern
As BRS COPs launch a “PCB Fair,” a new study shows that free-range eggs and recycled plastic products from Kenya contain high levels of dioxin-like PCBs and other toxic chemicals, exceeding EU standards