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EU discusses application of mixture assessment factor

Swedish and Dutch governments hold workshop investigating application of a mixture assessment factor for risk assessment under REACH legislation; ask EU member states for feedback, best procedure for way forward

Israel enforces lead and cadmium limits

Notification sent to World Trade Organization informs of imposing mandatory limits for lead and cadmium in glass or porcelain enameled metalware food contact materials

Sweden identifies PFAS as priority risk area

Annual evaluation published by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency summarizes efforts made towards achieving non-toxic environment by 2020, highlights per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as priority chemical risk area

FDA studies show short-chain PFAS toxicity, metabolite bioaccumulation

Scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publish two studies on 6:2 fluorotelomer (6:2 FTOH); find risk posed by toxicity of 6:2 FTOH previously underestimated, acidic fluorotelomer metabolite bioaccumulates

EEA reviews EU policies and targets for circular economy

European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes report analyzing results from survey of 32 EU countries on policies in place for transition to a circular economy; identifies lack of target setting across region, shifting role of government, broadened focus on circular economy perspective

Study on reducing odors in recycled LDPE

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV publish study investigating sources of odors present in recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE); demonstrate reduction of odors through separated collection from household waste, washing at 60 degrees Celsius

Webinar on COVID-19 and zero waste

Zero Waste Europe webinar on April 7, 2020 to examine how to prioritize public health while still progressing towards zero waste lifestyle during pandemic, feature speakers from association for sustainable resource management (ACR+) and the Food Packaging Forum

Bacterium found to degrade polyurethane

Researchers from Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research identify Pseudomonas bacterium able to break down polyurethane monomer and oligomer; bacterium uses plastic as energy source to fuel process; researchers caution that industrial application still a decade away, focus should remain on preventing plastic pollution

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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

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