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Amid health fears, plastic makers pledge greater transparency over chemicals
Health

Amid health fears, plastic makers pledge greater transparency over chemicals

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Plastic makers need to be more transparent about the chemicals used in their products, a leading chemicals industry group has said, as concern mounts about the health impacts of the everyday material finding its way into the food chain and human bodies.Tiny fragments of plastic have been found in blood samples, stools and placentas of unborn babies, recent studies have shown. Scientists are trying to understand the health risks of this new phenomenon, but concerns range from the impact on organs to how some plastic additives might disrupt hormonal systems."We certainly recognise that on the issue of additives in particular there is a need for more information and increased transparency," Stewart Harris, senior director for global plastics policy at the American Chemis...
European shares pare gains as technology, consumer stocks weigh
Technology

European shares pare gains as technology, consumer stocks weigh

EasyJet falls as it warns of rising costsASM rises on expectation of smaller fall in China salesGerman inflation data eyedNov 29 (Reuters) - European shares gave up gains on Tuesday as technology and consumer stocks slipped, offsetting a rally in commodity-linked shares spurred by hopes that Beijing could ease COVID-19 curbs following recent protests.The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) was flat after having risen up to 0.5% following a strong rally in Asia where investors hoped that Chinese officials might announce some easing of pandemic-related curbs at a press briefing.China issued a notice to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations for the elderly, while a senior health official said public complaints about the country's pandemic-related curbs stem from overzealous implementation rather...
European shares extend gain with technology in lead
Technology

European shares extend gain with technology in lead

Oct 18 (Reuters) - European shares advanced on Tuesday, building on the previous session's rally, driven by the historic reversal of Britain's fiscal plan, with investors keeping a watch on earnings reports to gauge the economic outlook.The region-wide STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) was up 0.5% by 0705 a.m. GMT, extending gains for a fourth straight session, led by technology stocks (.SX8P), with shares of chip makers such as ASML Holdings (ASML.AS) and BE Semiconductor (BESI.AS) up between 0.9% and 3%.Also, market sentiment was lifted by a report that the Bank of England was likely to delay the sale of billions of pounds of government bonds to encourage more stability in battered gilt markets.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterWith central banks aggressively tighten...