- New Litagion agent profiles for ethyl carbamate and propylene oxide
- Litigation tracking now available for addictive software design and microplastic
- New blog content: "Debate over harmful effects of social media and microplastic pollution spilling over to U.S. courts"
- Company risk score reports now available for export
- Ethyl carbamate. Ethyl carbamate [CAS No. 51-79-6], also known as urethane, naturally forms in various fermented foods and drinks during fermentation and storage. Ethyl carbamate is commonly found in yeast-fermented alcoholic beverages such as wine, sake, soju, beer, whisky, and brandy. Heat processed alcoholic beverages like whisky and brandy are particularly susceptible to ethyl carbamate contamination. Ethyl carbamate is also found in fermented foods such as soy sauce, vinegar, kimchi, soybean paste, and bean curd. Ethyl carbamate is used as an intermediate in the synthesis of various industrial chemicals and is sometimes used as an anesthetic in animal experiments.
- Propylene oxide. Propylene oxide [CAS No. 75-56-9] is primarily used in the production of polyether polyols that serve as the building blocks for polyurethane plastics and foams. Propylene oxide is also commonly used in the production of propylene glycol used to manufacture unsaturated polyester resins as well as vaping liquids for electronic cigarettes. In the United States, propylene oxide is approved for use as a food fumigant, medical device sterilizing agent, and for pasteurizing raw almonds and pistachio nuts.
- Addictive software design. Plaintiffs allege social media applications such as Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat target teenagers with addictive content that leads to serious mental health issues including depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, eating disorders, and even suicide. Gambling applications and platforms that deliver these apps are also being sued. Litigation increased significantly in the fall of 2021 following the testimony of a Facebook employee indicating that the company was well aware of growing evidence linking its business practices with a range of social ills.
- Microplastic. The science investigating the harmful effects of microplastic on the environment and human health has grown rapidly over the past several years and consensus is building that microplastic is perhaps second only to climate change in undermining the natural systems on which we rely. Environmental advocacy groups have filed lawsuits against plastic resin, packaging, beverage, food, and personal care companies alleging they illegally market their products as recyclable knowing that municipal programs cannot effectively recycle the staggering volume of plastic waste generated each day. The complaints argue these companies, despite their commitments to end plastic waste, are in fact doing little to mitigate the unfolding microplastic disaster.
Company risk score report export functionality
Users can now export a formatted company risk score report from the company risk score page. Simply click the print icon next to the company name and then choose whether to print to paper or export to pdf.