Food contact events by Chemical Watch

Chemical Watch organizes three events on food contact regulations in Asia (November 2017), U.S. (December 2017), Europe (March 2018)

India to develop new food packaging regulations

Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority finds insufficient quality of food packaging, prepares new regulations for packaging materials and printing

Legal options for EDC criteria

Several options exist for EU Commission’s next actions on EDC criteria for pesticides; legal experts see responding to EP’s objection concerning exemption for pesticides with intended endocrine mode of action as the quickest way forward

Controversy over DINCH

McGill university study shows exposure of pregnant rats to DINCH results in liver metabolism impairment and ‘testicular atrophy’ in the male progeny; BASF scientists depict study as ‘flawed,’ maintain that DINCH is safe for use in food contact applications

EC: REACH amendments for nanomaterials

EU Commission publishes draft regulation amending REACH Annexes ‘to address nanoforms of substances’; consultation open until November 6, 2017

FSANZ: No risk from food packaging chemicals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) completes the assessment “Chemical Migration from Packaging into Food”; finds exposures ‘low and unlikely to pose a public health and safety concern’; plans to develop information guide for businesses to support risk management

ECHA approves five uses for biocides

Biocidal Products Committee of ECHA adopts 10 opinions on applications for approval of 3 biocides; PHMB may be approved for food and feed

EU’s non-toxic strategy reports

EU Commission publishes comprehensive study and 7 sub-studies on its non-toxic environment strategy

‘Sippy cups’ in draft EU ban on BPA in FCMs

EU Commission adds ‘sippy cups’ to its draft proposal for ban on BPA in plastic FCMs intended for use by babies and young children

New FCM regulations in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia presents two draft regulations for FCMs; covering metal, glass, paper, carton, multilayered textile, wood, and plastics