China publishes food safety law implementation

State Council of China releases implementation regulation for national food safety law; set to come into force on December 1, 2019

UK rejects ban on SVHCs in food packaging

UK government rejects earlier recommendation from committee report to ban Substances of Very High Concern from food contact materials

UK requested to revise PFAS TDIs

NGO CHEM Trust asks UK government agency to revise tolerable daily intake (TDI) of PFOS and PFOA to match EFSA recommendation, consider ban of PFAS in food contact materials

EFSA working group updates in October 2019

Minutes from recent meetings of the EFSA working groups on BPS, BPA, FCMs, and recycling plastic available

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