On February 22, 2014 the news agent Voice of Russia UK published an interview with Jane Muncke, managing director of the Food Packaging Forum Foundation. The interview refers to a commentary published earlier last week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (February 19, 2014, previously reported by FPF). In the interview Muncke states that low dose chemical migration from food contact materials into food is an established fact. However, she argues that the toxicity of these substances remains under debate. In the interview, Muncke raises particular concerns regarding mixture and low dose effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), because EDCs may cause harm irrespective of low migration levels. She states that, in addition, there is the need to better understand the identity and toxicity of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), such as by-products, break down products and impurities. Muncke concludes that there is still room for improvement in the regulation of food contact substances.
Tim Ecott (February 22, 2014). “Chemicals in food packaging should be regulated – scientists.” Voice of Russia UK.
Food packaging materials: More epidemiological research needed. Food Packaging Forum (February 19, 2014).
Muncke, J. et al. (published online February 19, 2014) “Food packaging and migration of food contact materials: will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.