On June 13, 2018, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) published the latest update of the meeting minutes of its Working Group (WG) on Recycling Plastics. The 23rd meeting of the plastics recycling WG was held on May 14-15, 2018 in Parma, Italy.

During the meeting, the WG held a hearing regarding the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling processes ‘RecyPET Hungaria’ (FPF reported). The invited hearing experts clarified the additional data that the applicant had provided, because the data were not deemed satisfactory by the WG to conclude the risk assessment. EFSA provided the hearing experts with a written summary of the issues discussed and again requested additional data from the applicant. Until submission of the additional information, the scientific evaluation is suspended.

The WG also discussed and noted changes for the draft opinions on the recycling processes ‘Gneuss 1 (Gneuss technology)’ (FPF reported), ‘Gneuss 2 (Gneuss technology) (FPF reported),’ and ‘Linpac (Linpac super clean technology)’ (FPF reported). The revised draft opinions will be discussed again and possibly adopted during the next meeting.

Further, “[a] discussion was held on the EC [(European Commission)] plastics strategy in relation to the new recycling plastic plan,” the meeting minutes read.

The next meeting of the plastics recycling WG will be scheduled once the new CEP Panel is formed in July 2018.

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CEF (June 13, 2018). “Minutes of the 23rd meeting of the Standing Working Group on Recycling Plastics 2017-2018.(pdf)