Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

Today, the European Commission is launching ‘due diligence ready!’, an online portal that provides businesses with guidance on how to check the sources of the metals and minerals entering their supply chains – the so-called ‘due diligence’ process. It will help them ensure that their use of raw materials respects human rights while improving transparency and accountability across their value chains.

European Commission publishes updated catalogue of nanomaterials used in cosmetics

The EU Cosmetics Regulation ensures a high level of human health protection concerning cosmetic products, including those containing nanomaterials. The European Commission also publishes a catalogue of all nanomaterials used in cosmetic products placed on the EU market.

The present updated catalogue of nanomaterials follows the one published in June 2017. The catalogue compiles information that responsible persons share with the Commission through the cosmetic products notification portal (CPNP).

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Plastic spoons and spatulas could be poisoning you

Everyday plastic kitchen items like spoons, spatulas and whisks might be damaging your liver or thyroid, scientists have said. They say the plastic utensils produce harmful toxic byproducts that can get into food when they are used at high temperatures and may be poisonous. The toxic byproducts, known as oligomers, are formed unintentionally during plastic production and because they are so small, humans may be ingesting them without knowing. Scientists from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) are warning people to keep contact with food as brief as possible when using plastic utensils in cooking – especially at temperatures above 70°C.

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