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Food cans, printing inks identified as priority products

U.S. state of Washington identifies food cans as priority products under its safer products program for being a significant source of bisphenols, highlighted as major concern for human exposure and volume used; printing inks also included as source of polychlorinated biphenyls

China to ban single-use straws, plastic bags

Country’s National Development and Reform Commission announces ban of straws by 2020, non-degradable plastic bags by 2022, restaurant industry to reduce single-use plastic use by 2025

ECHA adds 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) adds 4 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to candidate list for authorization, includes additive potentially used in food contact polymer production and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts

IKEA recalls travel mug for containing DBP

International retailer issues recall for all “Troligtvis” travel mugs made in India; recent testing finds levels of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that exceed company’s set limits; phthalates prohibited in all IKEA food contact articles since years

Nestlé investment to create market for recycled plastics

International food and beverage company to invest over 2 billion USD to source packaging from food-grade recycled plastics; aims to create market for recycled material, launch venture fund to support packaging innovation

ECHA to develop positive list for drinking water contact

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) tasked with creating list of substances approved for use in materials that contact drinking water; first draft expected to contain 1,500 substances, be adopted by 2024; substance approval will be time limited and subject to reassessment

PlasticsEurope publishes infographics on FCMs

European industry association publishes infographics on food contact materials, provides overview of substance migration and risk assessment process

OECD webinar on AOP knowledge base

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to host webinar on using Adverse Outcome Pathway Knowledgebase (AOP-KB) on January 30, 2020; provide technical tips for submitting and retrieving scientific information on AOPs

Food Packaging & Health

Migration modeling

Mathematical modeling of chemical migration from food packaging into food…

Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS)

NIAS occur in all types of food contact materials, are…

Mineral oil hydrocarbons

Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) are commonly measured in food and…

EU Parliament Report on FCMs

In October 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on…

Can coatings

Epoxy-based can coatings are currently being replaced by alternatives because…

Adverse outcome pathways

Adverse outcome pathway (AOP) describes the sequence of events linking…

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

While few perfluorinated compounds have been phased out due to…


Silicones are an exclusive class of polymers broadly used in…

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Food packaging and human health

Food packaging is highly essential for protecting and handling food from farm to fork. However, packaging and other types of food contact articles are also a source of chemical contamination of food. The Food Packaging Forum’s fact sheet explains the most important aspects and provides resources for reducing chemical exposures.

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