Genotoxic chemicals in coatings

Scientists compile inventory of compounds potentially used in coatings; 1,976 substances have no (recent) toxicological evaluation; subset analyzed by in silico tools and literature search, 10 compounds designated as ‘high concern’

EFSA: 4th FIP network meeting on FCMs

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging Scientific Network held fourth meeting on food contact materials on February 16, 2017; discussions focused on coatings; interest group on evaluation of coatings formed

New FPF dossier: Can coatings

2 FPF articles on can coatings published; Food Packaging & Health article summarizes key issues of can coatings; FPF dossier provides comprehensive scientific background information

P&P: Regulatory updates

Global regulatory updates presented at Smithers Pira 2016 P&P conference: final U.S. FDA guidance on FCMs for infant products expected, China updates its FCM regulation

Belgium: Regulation on coatings

Belgium passes Royal Decree on varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with foodstuffs

FPF Workshop 2016: Circular economy challenges for FCMs

Podium discussion at Food Packaging Forum 2016 workshop highlights recycling, reuse and waste collection opportunities and challenges for food packaging in the circular economy

Challenges in finding BPA-replacements

Food and packaging manufacturers need to avoid “regrettable substitutes,” consider chemistry of food and can lining, cost, and supply when developing BPA-free food cans

BPA-free can coatings progressing slowly

Developing non-BPA can coatings challenges manufacturers; lower-production-volume raw materials result in higher cost; lower performance reduces shelf-life

Push for BPA warning labels in California

Consumer advocates call on Californians to make the State properly enforce warning label rules for canned foods and beverages containing BPA in the can linings

Migration of cyclo-di-BADGE into oily foods

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment evaluates migration of NIAS cyclo-di-BADGE from can coatings into oily fish; suggests TTC of 90 µg/person/day and generating more toxicity data