Responses to EU FCM consultation

Stakeholders urge equal treatment of SVHCs in REACH and FCM legislations, call for more harmonized FCM measures

France bans TiO2 in food

France bans titanium dioxide in food by 2020 following report by ANSES reiterating 2017 recommendation to reduce exposures; EFSA does not see need to open reassessment at the moment

Risk evaluation of RASFF notifications

EFSA proposes methodology for evaluating risks posed by food contaminants detected in RASFF, addresses toxicological properties and dietary exposure, develops Rapid Assessment of Contaminant Exposure (RACE) tool

Broader authorization for PHBH

EU Commission notifies next amendment to Regulation (EU) 10/2011 to extend authorization conditions for poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate to be used in manufacturing plastics for contact with all foods

Webinar on chemical recycling

Webinar hosted by PAC Packaging Consortium to feature speakers from 3 companies involved in chemical recycling of plastics

EFSA recycling plastics group: 5th meeting

Minutes of the 5th meeting of EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

Plastics and climate change

CIEL report highlights plastics’ contribution to climate change, urges global ban on single-use plastics

FPF position paper on EU FCM regulation

Food Packaging Forum submits comments for the European food contact regulatory review; suggests clarification of assumptions and publication of updated guidance for safety assessments for all food contact materials

FDA updating FCM risk assessment

ILSI North America holds first public food packaging conference; several FDA speakers shared updates from ongoing work in pre- and post-market FCM risk assessment

EU elections: NGOs call for action on chemicals

European NGOs publish manifestos ahead of EU parliamentary elections calling for action on a range of issues including exposure to hazardous chemicals, EDCs, and a clean circular economy