California identifies candidate substance groups

Department of Toxic Substances Control announces candidate groups of substances used in food packaging to be priority products under Safe Consumer Products program; includes BPA and alternatives, PFAS, and ortho-phthalates; two additional workshops scheduled in November and January to discuss chemicals, answer open questions

Beverage and recycling companies pledge increased packaging collection

American Beverage Association launches initiative to bring $400 million in investment to improve recycled plastics quality and availability in U.S.; Tomra aims to enable 40% of global plastic packaging to be recycled by 2030

Symposium on Food Contact Materials Safety

International Food Contact Materials Safety Symposium in Guangzhou, China brings together academic, industry, regulatory and civil society experts to discuss developments towards safer and sustainable packaging

EFSA webinar on BPA re-evaluation methodology

European Food Safety Authority holds webinar on methodology for appraisal of studies to be used for re-evaluation of bisphenol A safety; webinar scheduled for November 14, 2019 at 14:30 (CET); registration now open

FDA sued over perchlorate petition rejection

Six U.S. NGOs file lawsuit against U.S. Food and Drug Administration over denial of earlier petition to ban perchlorate in FCMs; accuse FDA of ‘not protecting our health,’ call for petition reassessment

EFSA assesses new plasticizer for PVC

European Food Safety Authority’s CEP Panel finds trimellitic acid, tris(2-ehtylhexyl) ester safe for use as plasticizer in soft PVC for making single-use wrap films or repeated use tubing

EFSA opinions on 10 recycling processes

European Food Safety Authority’s CEP Panel publishes scientific opinions on 10 recycling processes for post-consumer PET; all found to be safe for use in specified food contact applications

Glass recycling at 76% in the EU

European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reports record rate of 76% recycling of glass packaging in 2017 in the EU

EU surveys phthalate uses in FCMs

DG SANTE seeks information on the uses of phthalates in plastic, non-plastic, multilayer food contact materials; survey open until November 8, 2019

OECD report on weight of evidence

Provides guiding principles and key elements to establish weight of evidence approach for chemical assessments; aims to support regulators in following consistent, transparent use and delivery of evidence