During the past decade different food contact materials (FCMs) including bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and mineral oils have received major media attention. From a manufacturer’s perspective it is important to be well informed regarding the latest scientific developments in the area of FCMs in order to ensure FCM safety. On May 8, 2014 the Food Packaging Forum is holding a session on the topic at the 2014 European Symposium on Food Safety taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The symposium is organized by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). During the session entitled “Scientific controversies around safety of FCMs: What food manufacturers need to know” John Peterson Myers, director of Environmental Health Sciences, Benoit Schilter from the Nestlé Research Center and Konrad Grob from the Official Food Safety Authority of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland will discuss the opportunities the topics of Green Chemistry, the manufacturers perspective on FCM safety and the gaps between regulatory requirements and enforcement practice. The 2014 European Symposium on Food Safety will be held from May 7-9, 2014.