On October 5, 2017, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) will hold its fifth annual workshop on “Scientific challenges in the risk assessment of food contact materials (FCMs)” in Zurich, Switzerland.

This one-day workshop features high profile speakers and provides an ideal platform for engaging in inspiring discussions with different stakeholders. Save the date for this unique event in the FCM world to get up to speed on recent developments in science, business, advocacy, and regulation! As in previous years, the fifth FPF workshop is also an excellent opportunity for networking.

Scientific topics to be addressed at this year’s workshop include prioritization strategies for the toxicological assessment of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) (FPF reported), and accumulation and toxicity of mineral oils in humans (FPF reported). Sharing results from scientific studies on these topics, respectively, will be Melissa van Bossuyt from the Scientific Institute of Public Health, Belgium, and Jean-Pierre Cravedi from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel).

Benoit Schilter, head of the food safety research department at Nestlé Research Center, Switzerland, will highlight the application of bioassays for safety testing of FCMs (FPF reported). James Huang, director, food contact materials safety at The Coca-Cola Company, U.S., will talk about packaging safety at Coca-Cola.

Further, Maricel Maffini, independent consultant, U.S., will focus on recent food additives petitions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed by various U.S.-based public interest groups on FCM safety.

A detailed program will be provided shortly and registration will open in May 2017 – both to be available on the event website. As a novelty, the FPF will provide access to a live webcast of this year’s workshop for a minimal registration fee. Participants who cannot attend the workshop in person, may thus still follow the speaker presentations, Q&A’s, and the podium discussion.