Microplastics are an invisible form of plastic pollution; effects on human health and the environment are largely unknown; summary article and FPF dossier define microplastics, explain sources and occurrence, focus on food contact materials
Mathematical modeling of chemical migration from food packaging into food is mainly applicable to plastic materials; useful tool for regulatory compliance testing, risk assessment, safe packaging design, estimating consumer exposure; new approaches for other food contact materials needed
NIAS occur in all types of food contact materials, are often unknown, may migrate into food; summary article and dossier provide definitions, examples, legal background, risk assessment strategies
Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) are commonly measured in food and human tissues; food contact materials present an important source of MOHs; toxic properties and bioaccumulation potential of MOHs reason for concern
In October 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Food Contact Materials Regulation EC 1935/2004. A wide variety of issues is addressed to better protect public health and support functioning of the internal market.
Epoxy-based can coatings are currently being replaced by alternatives because of toxicological evidence, public discussions, and recent regulatory decisions. FPF article provides background information on the requirements, materials and properties of can coatings.
Adverse outcome pathway (AOP) describes the sequence of events linking initial molecular perturbations to adverse outcomes in organisms and populations; this framework supports the use of high-throughput animal-free toxicity testing methods in regulatory decision-making
While few perfluorinated compounds have been phased out due to health concerns, other per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFASs) compounds continue to be used for food contact materials. The Food Packaging Forum summarizes chemistry, applications, health concerns, and regulation of PFASs.
Paper and board food packaging
Silicones are an exclusive class of polymers broadly used in food contact materials. Due to their versatile properties, they are applied as fluids, rubbers and resins.