Meat packaging producer commits to circularity

Packaging company Sealed Air announces to make all of its plastic packaging, including meat packaging, fully recyclable and reusable by 2025

BfR: More research and data on microplastics needed

German risk assessment institute responds to Austrian stool study in communication addressing health risks from ingesting microplastics

Data requirements for SVHC database clarified

Database of SVHCs as proposed by ECHA will oblige companies to only provide data already required under REACH; additional data on article identity and SVHC concentrations voluntary

Phthalates linked to language delays

Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to language development delays in children, according to prospective epidemiological study of mother and child cohorts in Sweden and U.S.

The complexity of plastics recycling

Article by EcoWatch outlines some of the challenges in recycling plastics, deems recycling no simple solution to plastic pollution

UK to tax plastic packaging

UK government plans introducing tax on all plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content by April 2022

“New” endocrine disruptors identified

Danish researchers produce list of 9 “new” endocrine disrupting chemicals identified according to EU EDC criteria; some substances relevant for food contact

Global commitment to tackle plastic pollution

Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiates New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to stop plastic pollution at source; 290+ organizations pledge to eliminate, innovate, circulate plastic packaging

Webinar on substituting hazardous chemicals

ChemSec held webinar on online tool Marketplace, HCPP project; alternatives assessment for phthalates by Northwest Green Chemistry presented

EFSA phthalates working group: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates reassesses safety of DBP, BBP and DEHP for food contact plastics; updated meeting minutes now available online