U.S. EPA considers phthalate risk evaluations

Agency requested by industry to conduct risk evaluations on DINP and DIDP; NGOs criticize request as attempt to block state action; public comment on the matter open until October 3, 2019

EU authorizes new substance in plastic FCMs

European Commission amends EU 10/2011 regulation on plastic food contact materials, authorizes use of poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate) for contact with dry or solid foods

Japan notifies WTO of positive list

Ministry notifies World Trade Organization of planned positive list system for food-contact plastics; separate lists for base polymer plastics, coatings, minor monomers; notification open for comments until October 8, 2019; system enters into force June 2020

Taiwan to identify chemicals of concern

Taiwanese Environmental Protection Agency developing screening and assessment standards for identification of substances with food safety concerns, high hazard levels, high production volumes; draft list to be released by end of 2019

Aquafina, Dasani water in aluminum cans

Beverage manufacturers PepsiCo and Coca-Cola both plan to release their flagship water brands in new packaging, including aluminum cans and bottles; new packaging to be rolled out in the U.S. through 2020

Philippines bans BPA in baby bottles

Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines issues ban on bisphenol A in infant feeding bottles and sippy cups; importers and manufacturers given six-month phase-out period to remove affected products from market

Lower PAH concentrations recommended

German Federal Office for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommending polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentration of < 0.2 mg/kg in consumer products; criteria to inform voluntary safety standard

Discussions on uncertainty in risk analysis

EFSA publishes event report on the International Conference on Uncertainty in Risk Analysis held in February 2019; main conclusions drawn from conference focus on advocating training, scientists’ ethical responsibility, actively avoiding undetected uncertainty sources

Status report on advancing U.S. recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports on status of working group efforts, identifies priority actions; current focus largely on exploring options, enacting legislation still a distant prospect

Methods for testing packaging seals

Article describes and compares available testing methods for ensuring the integrity of food packaging seals