Taiwan: Guidelines on nanomaterials in food packaging

Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration issues new guidelines for use of nanomaterials in food packaging; safety assessment and pre-market approval required

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

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

Conference report: Towards a non-toxic future

Stakeholder conference held by Danish Ministry delivers recommendations for future EU chemicals regulation; conference report now available

Endocrine disruptors and sperm quality

Column in The New York Times discusses decreasing sperm quality and fertility in men, explains links to exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals

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

Chemicals harm brain development

New report by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust summarizes the effects of environmental chemicals on child brain development; calls for phasing out harmful chemicals as groups, not removing them one by one

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

FPF webinar on substances of very high concern in FCMs

FPF discusses its new study on the migration of substances of very high concern from food contact materials in webinar on March 13, 2017; registration now open

Vote on EDC criteria again postponed

EU Commission’s PAFF Committee discusses EDC criteria but refrains from vote; Member States still in disagreement over Commission’s latest proposal; no new meeting scheduled yet