Perchlorate from food packaging

Civil Eats discusses the existence of perchlorate in foods as well as upstream sources from packaging and processing; decision from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on allowed use still pending

EU report on evidence of EDCs

EU Parliament committee releases report reviewing scientific evidence of endocrine disruption, exposure, associated effects and health costs

GenX chemicals proposed as SVHCs

New Dutch proposal calls for review of GenX chemicals as substances of very high concern in the EU; commenting period open until April 29, 2019

Low plastic collection rates in U.S.

Plastic recyclers comment on the ongoing problem of low plastic collection rates in the U.S.; criticize soft drink companies for fighting introduction of bottle deposit tax, call for collection rate to rise from 30% to 70%

Launch of Chemical Recycling Europe

New association for chemical recycling launches in Europe; conference on the topic to be held June 4, 2019 in Brussels

ECHA adopts substance evaluation plan

Member states adopt community rolling action plan (CoRAP) and plan to evaluate 29 substances in 2019, some of which used in food contact materials

IdentiPlast 2019 conference

Conference on recycling and recovery of plastics brings together 340 participants from across plastics supply chain and public authorities; discussions focus on technical aspects of improving plastic waste management

Health costs of PFAS estimated

Nordic Co-operation publishes socioeconomic analysis of environmental and human health impacts from exposure to PFAS; estimates EEA member countries incur 52 to 84 billion Euro in PFAS-related health costs annually

UN Environment Assembly on plastic pollution

UN member states review several resolutions on plastic pollution and single-use plastics at fourth UN Environment Assembly; CIEL argues that resulting agreements do not provide the scale and urgency needed

Coop Denmark bans PFAS in cosmetics

Danish retailer bans PFAS in all cosmetic products sold in its stores; informs suppliers of immediate change, remaining non-compliant products to be phased out in September 2019