Migration of metals from ceramic and glass FCMs

EU reference laboratory for FCMs publishes report on interlaboratory comparison exercise to determine metal migration from decorated ceramic and glass tableware

Contaminants in food

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes special issue on contaminants in food; groups and origins of contaminants, risk perception and exposure estimation covered

FPF webinar on mineral oils: Proceedings online

Food Packaging Forum held webinar on mineral oils in food contact materials on June 30, 2017; presentation slides and summary now available

Information about PAAs in printing inks

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) answers frequently asked questions about printing inks and primary aromatic amines in FCMs, recommends setting lowered migration limits for carcinogenic PAAs

Harmonizing national EU legislations on coatings

Belgian and Dutch authorities work on harmonized migration conditions for food contact coatings, invite industry associations for input

EFSA guidance on substances in infant food

EFSA issues new guidance on the risk assessment of substances in food intended for infants younger than 16 weeks; guidance applies from now on to EFSA food safety assessments

ANSES opinion: Mineral oils in paper and board FCMs

French food safety agency recommends reducing consumer exposure to mineral oils; suggests using MOAH-free printing inks, glues, additives, processing aids in paper and board food packaging but also printed media entering the recycling stream; proposes use of functional barriers

Migration from aluminum food containers

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment finds high release of aluminum ions from uncoated aluminum meal trays into acidic food simulants, recommends using different materials for heated food storage

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