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New website on PFAS

Green Science Policy Institute launches platform about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

‘Essential use’ concept to aid PFAS phase-out

Scientists propose ‘essential use’ concept to accelerate phase-out of PFAS; trade association highlights ‘flawed assumptions’

EFSA FCM working group: 6th meeting

Minutes of the 6th meeting of EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials now available online; discussion of criteria and tools for prioritizing food contact plastics substances on the Union list that do not have specific migration limit

Five recommendations for cleaner food packaging

Strategies for food manufacturers and retailers to improve quality of food, recyclability of packaging, public health

ECHA: Classification and labeling updates

European Chemicals Agency’s committee for risk assessment publishes opinions for harmonized classification and labeling; uses of chromium trioxide under discussion

Evaluation of EU’s chemical policies delayed

Open letter by 27 NGOs urges EU Commission to publish outcome of fitness evaluation of EU’s non-REACH chemical policies ahead of major conference, requests clarification of timelines to deliver strategy for non-toxic environment

California to act on single-use plastics

Senate and Assembly of California address circular economy and plastic pollution; focus on reduction and domestic recycling of single-use plastics

Book about reuse

Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative launches book about reuse; outlines reuse framework, identifies 6 major benefits of reuse to business and consumers, gives 69 reuse examples

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

Silicones are an exclusive class of polymers broadly used in…

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Migration modeling

FPF background article on migration modeling

Dossiers

FPF dossiers are thoroughly researched by trained scientists. They provide in-depth background information about different topics pertinent to food contact materials and health. The dossiers compile scientific knowledge, market data and regulatory background in an easily accessible format. Dossiers include available data on chemical migration into food and effects on human health.

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The Food Packaging Forum Foundation

The Food Packaging Forum Foundation (FPF) is a science communication organisation. It is a charitable foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland. The FPF provides independent and balanced information on issues related to chemicals in food packaging and other food contact articles, and their impact on health. The FPF’s work addresses professional stakeholders, including business decision makers, regulators, scientists, media and communication experts. FPF is not a grantmaking foundation.

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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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