Working together for safer consumer products
A public health civic project initiative
Plastic materials have been long considered biologically inert. However, in recent years, an increasing number of harmful effects caused by exposure to various such polymers have been reported. The less-explored aspect is that of the constituents of plastic materials, namely plasticizers and non-plasticizers, collectively referred to as "additives". These compounds that can leach from the polymers' structure and can have significant implications for human health. As the use of plastic materials is ubiquitous in modern society, the additives used in polymer manufacturing require in-depth study and surveying.
Within TOXISCAN, we aim at analyzing a large number of every-day plastic products, scanning for toxic compounds that might evade the legislation. A well known case is that of bisphenol A, a powerful endocrine disruptive chemical which is now banned from baby products. Furthermore, the detected compounds will be tested with pharma standardized assays and cell lines (such as HEK-293 cell line) to evaluate their toxicity. A full report will be made public in the form of a scientific release.
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Phase I: Detection of Phthalates, Bisphenols and other toxic constituents from newborns plastic products via Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).
Deadline: May 2024
May 2024 Results: Pending...