On June 18, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a news article on ten opinions for harmonized classification and labeling of chemicals, published by its Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC). Among these opinions, four deal with chemicals of potential relevance for food contact, namely 2-phenoxyethanol (CAS 122-99-6), 6,6′-di-tert-Butyl-2,2′-methylenedi-p-cresol (CAS 119-47-1), 3-aminomethyl-3,5,5-trimethylcyclohexylamine (CAS 2855-13-2), and 2,2-dibromo-2-cyanoacetamide (CAS 10222-01-2).

Additionally, the RAC and ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed upon eight draft opinions on the uses of chromium trioxide (CAS 1333-80-0). Draft opinions refer to the use of chromium trioxide in the sanitary sector, and its application for the passivation of tinplated steel and during electrolytic chromium coating of steel. These uses are of potential relevance for food contact. Both committees also discussed three new applications for authorization of chromium (IV) substances.

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ECHA (June 18, 2019). “ECHA’s committees conclude on one restriction and 10 harmonised classification and labelling opinions.

ECHA (June 18, 2019). “Annex to a news release.(pdf)