In an article published on July 9, 2015 by the UK-based advocacy group for chemical safety CHEM Trust, Michael Warhurst reports on an on-going study on the regulation of food contact materials (FCMs) in the EU undertaken by the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC). In July 2014 the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) published a study showing that hazardous chemicals are authorized and legally used in FCMs in the EU (FPF reported). Also in July 2014, based on the results of the FPF study, CHEM Trust wrote a letter to the EU Health Commissioner addressing the gaps in FCM regulation in the EU. This action prompted the investigation of the issue at JRC in 2014. However, the terms of reference (TOR) of the JRC study had not been published until June 2015 (FPF reported). In his article, Warhurst outlines CHEM Trust’s efforts to gain public access to the TOR of the JRC study and to push for regulatory action regarding FCMs.

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Michael Warhurst (July 9, 2015). “Chemicals in food packaging: EU Commission finally publishes the scope of their new study.CHEM Trust

Michael Warhurst (July 9, 2014). “Hazardous chemicals in food packaging: CHEM Trust writes to EU Commissioner Borg.CHEM Trust