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

Taco Bell to remove chemicals of concern from packaging

U.S. fast food chain announces new global packaging commitments; plans to remove PFAS, phthalates, BPA from its consumer packaging by 2025

Colombia regulates heavy metals in glass, ceramics

Colombian health ministry publishes emergency technical regulation setting migration limits for lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramics; new limits effective until July 2020

Report surveys brands, retailers on plastic packaging shift

Green Alliance report surveys retailers and brands on shift away from plastic packaging, finds concerns surrounding potential impacts of alternative materials; calls made for increased transparency and standardization in assessing and communicating impacts, addressing throw-away society

WHO calls for expert consultation on future microplastics report

World Health Organization announces expert consultation meeting March 2-3, 2020 in Geneva to inform new report on human health risks from exposure to microplastics in environment; applications due January 19, 2020

Turkey updates food contact plastic regulations

Turkey publishes two notifications specifying food simulants for migration testing, authorized substances, migrations limits; aligns more closely with EU 10/2011 regulation, enters into force December 31, 2020