On December 3, 2018, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) will host a webinar on plastic food packaging. Ksenia Groh of the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) will present FPF’s research on chemicals in plastic packaging (FPF reported) and on the safety aspects of plastics recycling for food contact (FPF reported). Further, Rachel Shaffer and Leonardo Trasande from the New York School of Medicine, U.S., will discuss the technical report and policy statement on food additives and child health, released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in July 2018 (FPF reported). Registration is now open.

The upcoming webinar is a second event in CHE’s new webinar series focused on the effects of plastics on health. The first webinar, held in October 2018, focused on plastic production. The two upcoming webinars in January and February 2019 will focus on microplastics and bio-based plastics, respectively.

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CHE (2018). “Plastic food packaging: State of the science on chemical constituents and health hazards.” Webinar scheduled for December 3, 2018.

CHE (2018). “Plastic production’s threats to health: Global trends, chemical footprints of common plastics, and the PVC industry’s wake of pollution.” Webinar held on October 30, 2018.

CHE (2018). “The effects of plastics on health.” Webinar series.


Groh, K., et al. (2018). “Overview of known plastic packaging-associated chemicals and their hazards.Science of the Total Environment 651:3253-3268.

Geueke, B., et al. (2018). “Food packaging in the circular economy: Overview of Chemical safety aspects for commonly used materials.Journal of Cleaner Production 193:491-505.

Trasande, L., et al. (2018). “Food additives and child health. Policy statement.Pediatrics 142(2):e20181408.

Trasande, L., et al. (2018). “Food additives and child health. Technical report.Pediatrics 142(2):e20181410.