Stakeholder workshop on FCM evaluation

DG SANTE holds first stakeholder meeting on evaluation of EU FCM legislation, September 24, 2018, in Brussels; meeting agenda, background information online; webstream available

PepsiCo: 50% rPET in Europe by 2030

PepsiCo commits to using 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate in beverage bottles in the EU by 2030

Recyclability protocol for plastic films

Plastics Recyclers Europe’s ‘RecyClass’ project releases testing protocol for evaluating recyclability of polyethylene plastic films

Gaps in risk assessment of nanopigments

EU Observatory for Nanomaterias reviews knowledge on hazard and risk assessment of nano-sized pigments, finds information gaps, calls for further research, increased reporting transparency

BPA in recycled PET

Scientists detect high levels of bisphenol A in recycled polyethylene terephthalate, suggest monitoring BPA in rPET necessary to support ‘BPA-free’ claims

Microplastics affect gut function and microbiota

Scientists find chronic exposure of mice to polystyrene microplastics affects intestinal barrier function, gut microbiota composition, metabolic indices

DEHP and neurodevelopment

Systematic review of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate finds DEHP exposure affects intelligence quotient, psychomotor development

REACH data insufficient to classify carcinogens and mutagens

RIVM scientists find data required by REACH to be insufficient for classifying category 1B carcinogens and mutagens according to criteria set by Classification, Labeling and Packaging legislation

Regulatory identification of BPA as endocrine disruptor

Special issue of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology addresses regulatory identification of bisphenol A as endocrine disruptor, summarizes evidence for endocrine-mediated adverse effects on estrous cycle, mammary gland development, neurobehavior, metabolism

Mechanistic data in hazard assessment

Academic and industry scientists debate whether use of mechanistic data in regulatory hazard assessment of chemicals should be decisive or supportive only, discuss study selection process for systematic reviews