EU: New regulation on official controls

Newly adopted revision of EU Regulation on Official Controls aims at simplifying the control system for food safety along the entire supply chain, foresees increased efficiency in preventing, eliminating or reducing health risks

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

Opinion: Food safety plans should cover chemical hazards

Environmental Defense Fund emphasizes that chemical hazards must be regularly considered in food safety plans; illustrates relevant procedures using the example of lead contamination in food

EU working group on FCMs: New meeting minutes

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses ex-post evaluation of FCM framework regulation, supply chain survey, EU measure on printed FCMs, plastic recycling, and monitoring of mineral oils in food and FCMs

EU technical expert group for FCMs: Latest meeting minutes

DG SANTE’s technical expert group for FCMs discusses plastic recycling, ex-post evaluation of FCM framework regulation, supply chain survey, and EU measure on printed FCMs

EU working group on FCMs: Latest meeting

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses baseline study on non-harmonized FCMs, EU measure on printed FCMs, information transfer in the supply chain, and draft measure on BPA

Survey: Compliance documentation in the supply chain

DG SANTE conducts survey on the use of compliance documentation as required under the plastic FCM regulation, aims to identify problems and inform development of new FCM legislation; survey open until February 10, 2017

Interlaboratory comparison of migration testing: Quantification

EU Reference Laboratory for FCMs publishes a report on interlaboratory comparison for testing the migration of caprolactam, and 2,4-di-tert butyl phenol; over 80% of returned test results considered satisfactory

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

EU plans to regulate printed FCMs

European Commission communicates intention to introduce EU-wide regulation on printing inks in food contact materials; evaluation of EU FCM framework regulation planned for 2017; study on non-harmonized FCMs to be published by the end of 2016