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European Bioplastics conference discusses bioplastics’ role within Green Deal

16th annual European Bioplastics conference focuses on role of bioplastics in EU policies, new opportunities of compostable plastics and their performance in the open environment, measuring and communicating sustainability of bio-based plastics, bioplastics market development, and applications

Chemical industry calls for collaboration to meet EU objectives

European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) publishes report investigating potential scope and impacts of new EU chemicals regulations; finds up to 12,000 substances may be affected by revisions, which are responsible for 28% of the industry’s turnover; adhesives and sealants sectors expected to be most affected

ECHA reviews chemical recycling technologies

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies current lack of information on chemical recycling’s ability to manage and remove chemicals of concern; recommends each technology is reviewed separately for potential conflicts with current chemicals and product safety regulations; calls for on-site studies at recycling facilities

European Commission calls for evidence on microplastic pollution

New EU regulatory initiative aims to curb the emissions of microplastics into the environment; public call for evidence to inform an impact assessment and policymaking open until December 28, 2021; targets tires, pellet losses, and synthetic textiles

CSS roundtable publishes enforcement recommendations

Members of the high-level roundtable on implementation of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) publishes joint report; provides ten recommendations to improve enforcement and compliance of chemicals legislation; calls for ‘whistle blower’ mechanism and support for consumer and health organizations

South Korea issues updated FCM regulations

Ministry of Food and Drug Safety publishes notice containing revisions to national food contact material regulations; adds polyketones as additional raw materials, groups synthetic resins into categories, issues updated standards on recycled synthetic resins including for polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

EU delays decisions on polymer registration, EDCs, and microplastics

Mandates for CARACAL subgroups on polymer registration and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) set to be extended by up to two years; proposed legislation on microplastics now seemingly delayed by one year

US lawmakers introduce new bill to ban PFAS in food packaging

Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS act would disallow the sale of any food packaging intentionally containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) beginning on January 1, 2024; this most recent attempt by US lawmakers to address PFAS on a national level would now need to be approved by both the US House and Senate chambers

Food Packaging & Health

Bioassays

Rapid and cost-effective non-animal-based in vitro bioassays can be used…

Circular economy

A circular economy seeks to maintain the value of products…

Microplastics

Microplastics are an invisible form of plastic pollution; effects on…

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…

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Latest FPF report

Microplastics

Food Packaging Forum’s dossier and summary article on microplastics published

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.

The Food Packaging Forum Foundation

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

Fact sheet

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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