Plastics value chain stakeholders sign declaration

Over 100 stakeholders commit to reaching target to annually use 10 million tons of recycled plastics in new products in Europe by 2025; Coca-Cola executive discusses need for a call to action within the industry; ACC publishes infographic on chemical recycling

U.S. grocer plans packaging chemical restrictions

Ahold Delhaize USA to restrict chemicals of concern from private label products across all stores; targets chemicals including PFAS, BPA, phthalates; plans to increase testing to ensure compliance and partner with suppliers to identify contamination sources

EU proposes to restrict diisocyanates

European Commission submits draft regulation to World Trade Organization; plans to restrict diisocyanates above a total concentration of 0.1% by weight in products; restriction to be adopted in December 2019, come into force 18 months later

EC’s meeting with European FCM industry

EU Commission presents ongoing work in FCM field to professional associations; amendments to recycling plastics regulation and specific measure on ‘glymo’ in preparation; authorization of recycling processes expected by Q3 2020; final publication of updated EFSA opinion on phthalates in FCMs expected soon

California legislature passes recycling bills

New bills require 50% recycled content in containers within deposit program by 2030; businesses to provide customers with recycling containers on their establishments; further bills to be discussed in 2020

New BfR statement on polyamide oligomers

German risk assessment institute uses newly received toxicity data to establish group migration limit of 5mg/kg food for PA6 and PA66 oligomers

Overview article on microplastics in fish

Mother Jones article investigates the history of microplastic contamination in the oceans, introduces recent scientific findings showing migration of microplastics from fish’s gut into organs and flesh

Indonesia releases new food packaging regulations

Regulations have expanded scope and cover both new and recycled materials; annexes include lists of prohibited and authorized chemicals, migration limits, specifications for materials by food and beverage type; all products must be compliant by July 29, 2020

7th Swiss Green Economy Symposium discusses plastics

Annual event brings together range of stakeholders, holds innovation forum to discuss plastics use; Swiss authority calls for more research into terrestrial plastic pollution, advocates following precautionary principle; industry questions current economic viability of chemical recycling

Webinar on chemicals in plastic consumer products

Lisa Zimmerman from PlastX project to present recent study results in Food Packaging Forum webinar on September 24, 2019; study investigates in vitro toxicity and chemical composition of plastic consumer products