Colloquium on safety of food packaging

Society of Toxicology and FDA hold colloquium on safety assessment of food packaging and other food contact substances on May 23, 2017 in Maryland, U.S.; registration open until May 15, 2017

Health risks of aluminum FCMs

Scientists evaluate consumer health risks from food contact articles made of aluminum; tolerable weekly intake may be significantly exceeded with grill pans and camping cookware used with acidic foodstuffs

Long-term migration from epoxy and acrylic-phenolic coatings

Scientists assess short- and long-term migration from epoxy and acrylic-phenolic can coatings into food simulants; standard migration protocols need to be modified to better predict migration after long-term storage

Long-term migration from PET

Scientists show that for PET bottles accelerated migration tests overestimate real long-term migration; suggest use of migrant- and polymer-specific diffusion parameters instead of default values

Fluorochemicals in popcorn bags worldwide

Scientists quantify per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and their precursors in microwave popcorn bags sampled in Europe, Americas, Asia; short-chain PFASs prevalent in Europe and Americas, long-chain PFASs in Asia

Temporary approach for migration of biocides

EU competent authorities for biocides decide on interim approach to set residue and migration limits for active substances in food-related products and food contact materials

Antimony in food packaging

Scientists measure antimony in plastic consumer products; find antimony in food trays, straws, and single-use drink bottles; presence attributed to its use as a catalyst in PET

FPF webinar on migration of SVHCs: Video online

Food Packaging Forum held webinar on its new study on the migration of substances of very high concern from food contact materials, March 13, 2017; video recording and presentation slides now available

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

MigraTox: Optimizing in vitro testing of FCMs

Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (OFI) initiates MigraTox project to work on optimizing and standardizing sample preparation and bioassays for in vitro testing of food contact materials; focuses on genotoxicity assays; calls on industrial partners to collaborate and provide samples