On October 4, 2018, researchers from the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) and its partners in the MAVA-funded research project published an article entitled “Overview of known plastic packaging-associated chemicals and their hazards” in the peer-reviewed journal Science of The Total Environment. The final, open access version of the article was released on October 29, 2018. The publication presents the Database of Chemicals associated with Plastic Packaging (CPPdb) that was developed in the scope of the project Hazardous Chemicals in Plastic Packaging (HCPP) (FPF reported).

As a next step in the project, two case studies were carried out prioritizing hazardous chemicals associated with plastic packaging according to their impact on human health and the environment (FPF reported). Five phthalates were identified for further assessment: Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, CAS 85-68-7), dibutyl phthalate (DBP, CAS 84-74-2), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP, CAS 84-69-5), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, CAS 117-81-7), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP, CAS 84-61-7).


Groh, K., et al. (2018). “Overview of known plastic packaging-associated chemicals and their hazards.Science of The Total Environment (published online October 4, 2018).

Groh, K., et al. (2018). “Database of chemicals associated with Plastic Packaging (CPPdb).” DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1287773