France updates action plan on EDCs

National draft action plan on EDCs open for consultation; Health and Environmental Alliance submits comments, welcomes initiative

Launch of Plant Based Products Council

New industry council aims to encourage plant-based products, hosts products database containing food packaging alternatives

Analysis of packaging policies in U.S. states

Analysis shows 8 more U.S. states consider elimination or reduction of PFASs in food packaging; widespread focus on policies requesting disclosure of chemical composition

Call to invest in cancer prevention

Laura Vandenberg comments on the 2019 State of the Union address by President Trump, points out the need for research and prevention programs focused on the role of environmental exposures in cancer

74% of glass packaging recycled in the EU

Recycling statistics from 2016 confirm recycling rate of glass packaging in the EU stably at 74%; the figure is ‘set to rise’ following recent investments, FEVE says

4-tert-butylphenol as SVHC

EU Commission plans to identify food contact substance 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) as substance of very high concern (SVHC) for endocrine disruption in the environment; intention notified to World Trade Organization

Denmark considers banning PFASs in FCMs

Danish Ministry of Environment and Food reviews ban on all organic fluorine compounds in cardboard and paper food packaging

Review of bioplastics highlights costs

Plastics News discusses PHA bioplastics; outlines production pathways, market development, price compared to traditional plastics

Report on saving chemicals management costs

OECD publishes report reviewing the reduction of chemicals management costs due to its programs; €300 million annually in savings estimated from reducing trade barriers, avoiding duplicate testing

“Future Food Initiative” launched

Swiss companies partner with local universities on research program aimed to provide affordable nutrition, accelerate healthy foods, search for sustainable packaging