Fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging

Scientists demonstrate high prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in U.S. fast food packaging; PFOA found despite phase out announced

EU human biomonitoring launched

European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) launched on December 8, 2016, followed by stakeholder meeting; prioritized substances include plasticizers, bisphenols, PFASs, anilines

PFOA and PFOS hazardous to human immune system

U.S. National Toxicology Program publishes systematic review on exposure to PFOA and PFOS and immunotoxicity, concludes that both substances are presumed immune hazards to humans

Case studies on substitution of hazardous chemicals

ECHA publishes two new case studies on replacing per- and polyfluorinated chemicals as well as bisphenols in consumer products

FDA bans 2 more perfluorinated substances

Two perfluoroalkyl containing oil and water repellents can no longer be used in paper and board FCMs in the U.S.; petition to FDA claimed the substances’ use has been abandoned

EFSA evaluates fluorinated comonomer for use in FCMs

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers 2,3,3,4,4,5,5-heptafluoro-1-pentene safe for use in food contact materials under certain conditions

Coop Denmark to remove many chemicals of concern

Retailer Coop Denmark phases out 12 substances or groups of chemicals of concern from its own-brand products by the end of 2017

EFSA: 3rd FIP network meeting on FCMs

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging Scientific Network held third meeting on food contact materials on May 24-26, 2016 in Parma, Italy

Risk of PFOA evaluated

PFOA, its salts and related substances warrant global action under the Stockholm Convention; Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee considers draft risk profile of PFOA during its 12th meeting

BfR Annual Report 2015 released

Annual Report 2015 of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) includes topics relevant to food contact materials and human health, e.g. silver nanoparticles, microplastics