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Safety Assessment of Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) Released from PVC Medical Devices
Center for Devices and Radiological Health; U.S. Food and Drug Administration
"Patients undergoing medical procedures such as IV therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition support, blood transfusion, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be exposed to di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), a compound used as a plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) medical devices. DEHP has been shown to produce a wide range of adverse effects in experimental animals, notably liver toxicity and testicular atrophy..."
The Sugarcane Industry and the global economic crisis
by Maria Luisa Mendonça, Fabio T. Pitta and Carlos Vinicius Xavier TNI
An examination of ethanol production in Brazil, highlighting the role of financial capital, the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts on labour relations and indigenous peoples and peasant farmers. application/pdf iconThe Sugarcane Industry and the global economic crisis (PDF 2.11MB) In rural Brazil, we have observed that the expansion of monocropping for the production of agrofuels, namely sugarcane ethanol, continues. Ethanol made from sugarcane is said to be Brazil's main source of agro-energy, considering the volume produced, the total area used for sugarcane production and the amount invested in the expansion of the sugar-energy industrial park. Described as a process to open new frontiers, the expansion of sugarcane production has been concentrated, in terms of production volume, in the Centre-South region, principally in the States of Minas Gerais, Goias and Mato Grosso do Sul, Parana and Sao Paulo.
US FDA recognises all toothfish as Chilean Seabass
COLTO
COLTO thanks the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for updating their USA “Seafood List” which contains approved market names for all species of fish, to ensure both species of toothfish can legally be sold as “Chilean Seabass” in the United States. In April 2013, the US based environmental organization Oceana published a report “Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide”. That report cited ‘widespread’ mislabeling of Chilean Seabass and implied that fraud was occurring in the USA market.
Fatal Fashion
SOMO
Analysis of recent factory fires - Pakistan and Bangladesh
New report: Governments must protect land, food systems as trade liberalization accelerates land grabbing
by Sophia Murphy IATP
IATP has always argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and tramples on public interests. In a new paper on land grabs, we reaffirm that position. “Land grabs” are large-scale purchases or leases of agricultural or forested land on terms that violate the rights of the people who live on or near that land. The problem has commanded enormous public policy and media attention for the last few years. In our paper, IATP sets some context for the land grabs phenomenon. We focus on two forces that have contributed significantly to the problem:
Secret Scents
WVE
Our new report, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health, finds that millions of people are affected by skin allergies caused by chemicals in fragrance. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible for consumers to avoid specific fragrance allergens because companies keep fragrance ingredients a secret. The solution is simple: Companies should disclose fragrance ingredients in products so that people have the choice to avoid harmful chemicals.
State of Power 2013
TNI
As the world's most powerful corporate leaders and richest individuals gather at the exclusive World Economic Forum in Davos, TNI offers a visual insight into who is dominating the planet at a time of systemic economic and ecological crisis.
Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 23: Tech Companies' Lobbying Up -- Though Not as Much as the Chamber's
OpenSecrets.org
Your daily dose of what's trending in money and politics: TECH LOBBYING: Google marked its place in the upper echelons of Washington's influence world this week when it filed its fourth quarter 2012 lobbying report. The filing brings its total spent on lobbying to $18.2 million for the year -- nearly double its $9.6 million spent in 2011, which in turn was nearly twice as much as the $5 million it laid out in 2010.
Billion-Dollar Democracy: The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections
Demos
The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines. Demos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers.
Report: Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
US PIRG
Subsidizing Bad Behavior: How Corporate Legal Settlements for Harming the Public Become Lucrative Tax Write Offs, with Recommendations for Reform