Chemical migration from plastic FCMs in China

Chinese scientists analyze migration from 120 domestic plastic FCM products; only 13% of detected migrants listed on EU positive list for plastic FCMs; widespread detection of antioxidant precursor 2,4-DTBP

EU Commission restricts four phthalates

EU Commission adopts decision to restrict DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP in consumer products on EU market; food contact materials not covered

Lead and arsenic in food contact paper

Low migration of lead and arsenic measured in food contact paper bought in Korea; resulting human exposure estimated to be within safe levels

Aluminum migration from baking foils

Scientists measure leaching of aluminum into baked meat; higher amounts transferred from simple foil compared to foil with baking paper on inner surface

New FPF background article on migration modeling

Food Packaging & Health article introduces concept of mathematical migration modeling, discusses approaches for different packaging materials, highlights benefits, limitations, research needs

ECHA: 2nd consultation on phthalates’ authorization

ECHA consults on uses of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP which may no longer be exempted from authorization, including FCM uses; deadline for comments March 12, 2019

Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. continues to fall

Latest report from industry groups shows decrease in amount of post-consumer plastic bottles collected for recycling

Concawe symposium 2019

Oil industry association Concawe holds 13th symposium on March 18-19, 2019, in Antwerp, Belgium, to discuss low-carbon technologies and circular economy; registration now open

New website on plastics and health

Plastic Health Coalition sets to accelerate collection and communication of knowledge on plastics and their health effects

More action on phthalates needed

CHEM Trust discusses adverse health effects of phthalates exposure, calls for further restrictions especially in food contact materials