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Regulatory acceptance of non-animal tests

U.S. federal agencies’ committee releases draft roadmap for further developmnt of alternative testing approaches, aimed at improving regulatory acceptance; public consultation open until August 31, 2017

NGOs sue FDA over final GRAS rule

Environmental Defense Fund and other NGOs file lawsuit challenging U.S. FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) practice allowing industry to make self-determinations of food additives’ safety

ECHA: Guidance on REACH registration of nanomaterials

European Chemicals Agency publishes and updates several guidance documents for REACH registration of nanomaterials

New inventory of plastic additives

ECHA and Cefic work on generating inventory of plastic additives; release expected by end of summer 2017

FDA/SOT colloquium on food contact substances

Colloquium co-organized by FDA and Society of Toxicology provides an overview of FDA’s practices in safety assessment of food packaging and other food contact substances, discusses alternative coatings and nanocomposites

Industry opposes listing BPA as SVHC

Trade association PlasticsEurope files court action against ECHA for including bisphenol A in the list of substances of very high concern

Chemicals in coatings of coffee to go cups

German TV program investigates composition of plastic inner coatings of coffee to go cups; finds samples to contain diisodecyl phthalate and long-chain hydrocarbons

Consumer preference for glass packaging

Friends of Glass survey finds EU-consumers to favor glass packaging for food and drink; glass considered to be safest packaging material with lowest risk of interaction with food

Food Packaging & Health

EU Parliament Report on FCMs

In October 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on…

Can coatings

Epoxy-based can coatings are currently being replaced by alternatives because…

Adverse outcome pathways

Adverse outcome pathway (AOP) describes the sequence of events linking…

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

While few perfluorinated compounds have been phased out due to…

Silicones

Silicones are an exclusive class of polymers broadly used in…

Plastic recycling

Plastic recycling processes, regulations, market data and safety issues addressed

Biocides

Definition, applications, regulation and health hazards of biocides used in/on…

Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS)

NIAS have been a recent focus of the debate surrounding…

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Can coatings

Food Packaging Forum summarizes latest news and background information on coatings of food and beverage cans

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FPF dossiers are thoroughly researched by trained scientists. They provide in-depth background information about different topics pertinent to food contact materials and health. The dossiers compile scientific knowledge, market data and regulatory background in an easily accessible format. Dossiers include available data on chemical migration into food and effects on human health.

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