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Tests find high levels of lead in reusable bags

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY

Twenty one reusable bags sold as alternatives to disposable prada plastic or paper bags had dangerous levels of lead, according to new test results provided to USA TODAY.

The non woven polypropylene bags, sold by chains including Safeway, Walgreen’s and prada Bloom, all had lead content above 100 parts per million the highest level that many states allow in consumer packaging. The tests were conducted by Frontier Global Sciences for the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), which plans to release the results Monday. The group tested 71 bags and inserts from 44 retailers and organizations.

Often it was the bags’ inserts that contained the high lead levels. The Safeway bag inserts had the highest level of lead 672 ppm behind only CVS bags recalled in November. Earlier this month, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reported finding lead levels 15 times the federal limit for kid’s products in Disney themed Safeway reusable bags.

Safeway said Friday night it was pulling the O by Organics reusable bags from sale while it awaits information from the bag maker. It recommends throwing away the bottom insert. It stopped selling the Disney bags, as well.

Bloom says it stopped offering the bag tested in November and will refund anyone concerned about the bag. Walgreen’s says it now tests for lead and other toxins, and all current bags pass. It sells several bags and wasn’t sure exactly which bag CCF tested.

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CCF is part of a public affairs firm owned by Richard Berman, who has represented the restaurant industry and runs ads critical of unions. CCF only says it is funded by “businesses, foundat prada ions and consumers.”

CEH says there is no safe level of lead exposure, which can lead to brain and kidney damage.

Bruce Lan prada phear, a public health doctor who has testified before Congress about lead exposure, says “it’s hard to quantify” the risk of bags’ lead, but notes lead builds up in body tissues and that levels once thought safe are not.

“It just doesn’t make sense to allow a poison to be used in reusable bags,” says Lanphear, a health sciences professor at Canada’s Simon Fraser University.

Food and Drug Administration spokesman Douglas Karas says the agency would need more time to review the results, but would “expect the use of safe materials” in bags. Still, he says lead in some bags “would present little or no likelihood of migration to (packaged) food.”

While CEH and CCF are both testing for lead in reusable bags, CEH favors bans on disposable bags that the business funded CCF opposes. CCF wants to show the “unintended consequences” of “fad legislation.”

The American Chemistry Council, which is pushing recycling instead of bans or fees, has also paid for testing showing bacteria in reusable plastic bags. The group says it is for “consumer choice” and that people need to know that they have to wash the bags between uses.

“It’s an interesting irony for them to say that we should stay away from plastic bags,” says CEH’s Charles Margulis.

prada Testosterone Under AttackP

Testosterone Under Attack

Phthalates are also everywhere, almost certainly including your own body. Manufacturers use them in colognes and cosmetics and as softeners in plastics. Baby bottles now come “phthalate free,” but hospital intravenous bags generally don’ prada t. And yet some phthalates seem to have all prada of carbaryl’s unpleasant associations with reproductive health. And not just in men: Last year Greenpeace issued a warning against the danger of phthalates in your girlfriend’s sex toys. Then the Danish Environmental Protection Agency came riding to the rescue, declaring such toys safe as long as she keeps it to an hour or less a day.

Scientists can’t say that any of the suspect chemicals actually cause the reproductive effects that are occurring. They can only point out troubling associations. But these associations seem to be proliferating. About 50 new chemicals come onto the market weekly, says D prada r. Harman, and while testing for carcinogenicity is required, “there’s no systematized testing for subtle endocrine effects.”

We’re not likely to have good answers anytime soon. The reproductive problems of human males will remain understudied, says Dr. Harman, in part because federal research dollars are being diverted to issues like biological warfare and terrorism. “We might just wind up disappearing from the planet quietly,” he says, “because we were too busy fighting wars to figure out that our reproductive systems were going south.”

All this could Make testosterone therapy a more likely part of your life as you age. Demand is already booming. doctors wrote more than 2.5 million testosterone prescriptions, and the market was worth more than $500 million to pharmaceutical companies. That’s double what it was 5 years ago. If the decline in testosterone levels turns out to be real, the market could easily double again, with 6 to 12 percent of men in some age groups likely to qualify as “hypogonadal,” to use the medical profession’s distinctly depressing term. As a result, testosterone therapy “suffers simultaneously from both overuse and underuse.” And yet evidence about whether such therapy is safe or effective is “shockingly weak,” says the Mayo Clinic’s Victor M. “There is no way for physicians to be certain when prescribing testosterone that, on average, it’s doing more good than harm.”

So is it safe to use t prada estosterone therapy, even under a doctor’s care? Does it cause prostate cancer, as some suggest? Here’s where the debate stands now: First, the fear isn’t that testosterone will cause prostate cancer. It’s a natural product of the human body, and no evidence anywhere has ever shown it to be a carcinogen. Scientists worry instead that adding testosterone may fuel the growth of small cancers that already exist, undetected and harmless, in the prostates of many older men.