On March 7-8, 2018, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Scientific Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) held its 74th plenary meeting in Parma, Italy.
The CEF Panel discussed, among other topics, the draft opinion on the process ‘BTB (PET direct iV+ technology)’ (FPF reported) to produce recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for food contact uses. The CEF Panel unanimously adopted the opinion which is “subject to incorporation of changes as suggested during the meeting.”
Further, the CEF Panel received a new mandate to evaluate the substance pyrrole (azole, divinyleneimine, imizole, CAS 109-97-7) for use in the manufacture of food contact materials (FCMs). Also, two mandates for FCM-related safety evaluations have been considered valid and were assigned to the CEF Panel’s FCM Working Group: 1) FAVOR PAC 600 Series used as liquid absorber intended to be used in FCMs (FPF reported), and 2) ‘General Plastic’ recycling process (Starlinger viscotec deCON technology) (FPF reported).
Lastly, the CEF Panel informed that the plenary meeting scheduled for April 17-19, 2018 has been cancelled. Instead, the plenary meeting on June 5-7, 2018 will be extended for half a day.