European Bioplastics comments on Green Deal

Industry association wants stronger links to bioeconomy within European Green Deal, outlines seven recommendations to enhance circular economy action plan

EFSA report: Human risk assessment for combined exposure

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) publishes technical report outlining low tier risk assessment methodology for multiple regulated compounds with non-cancer effects; implements EFSA’s MIXTOX guidance document

Safety of DEHCH

EFSA assesses safety of bis(2-ethylhexyl)cyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylate (DEHCH) for use as plasticizer in PVC; concluded to present no safety concerns; uncertainty remains about bioaccumulation potential in humans

Bill to amend FDCA, ban PFAS in food packaging

Senator Bernie Sanders introduces bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, deem all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) ‘unsafe for use in food contact materials’

Improving material sorting through fluorescent markers

Nextek develops marker for plastic food packaging labels to improve separation from non-food packaging during recycling; achieves 96% purity and meets EU requirements

New antimicrobial film for food contact

Researchers develop antimicrobial layer that can be bonded to polyethylene films used for vacuum packaged foods; film controls growth of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses

Survey quantifies consumer perceptions by packaging types

2019 EcoFocus Trends Survey finds consumers perceive glass and paper-based packaging as most healthy and eco-friendly, 64% of millennials willing to pay for eco-friendly products

Resources on EDCs for endocrinologists and patients

Endocrine Society publishes new resource website with summary videos on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); provide introduction, overview of links to metabolic diseases, cost effective steps for reducing exposure; more videos to be published in coming months

EU bans recycling of materials containing PBDEs

EU withdraws exemption under Stockholm Convention that allowed recycling of materials containing the brominated flame retardants tetrabromodiphenyl ether (tetraBDE) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE)

Coca-Cola to continue using plastic bottles

Company head of sustainability speaks at World Economic Forum; says customers like plastic packaging, instead plans to increase bottle recycling by 2030