FDA publishes second set of PFAS testing results

U.S. Food and Drug Administration releases analytical testing results of 16 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances across 88 food samples, finds one sample of fish with detectable levels of PFOS

EU Commission solicits comments on draft REACH update requirements

European Commission draft implementing regulations specifies when registrants should update REACH dossiers following changes; public feedback period open until January 15, 2020

EU ministers recommend PFAS restrictions

European environmental ministers announce intention to draft PFAS restriction proposal, prohibit non-essential uses, create EU action plan; emphasize need to manage substances as a group

BEUC, CHEM Trust call for reformed EU FCM regulations

European Consumer Organization (BEUC) publishes position paper on current EU food contact material (FCM) regulation, calls for answers to known deficiencies, harmonized regulation; CHEM Trust letter to European Commissioner for Health outlines concerns, recommends following five key principles

U.S. EPA: updates on substance risk evaluations

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalizes identification of next 20 high-priority substances for risk evaluation, includes 12 food contact chemicals; still reviewing public comments on low-priority substances

ECHA recognizes PFBS as substance of very high concern

European member states agree to recognize perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC); cite equivalent concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic substances, high mobility in environment

EFSA to re-assess phthalates again

EU Commission plans to ask EFSA to do yet another risk assessment of phthalates in plastic food contact materials, look at endpoints other than reproductive toxicity

EFSA working group updates in November and December 2019

Minutes from recent meetings of the EFSA working groups on BPA and FCMs available

U.S. plastic bottle recycling continues to decline in 2018

Report by Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) shows that U.S. postconsumer plastic bottle collection fell to 28.9% in 2018; exports of postconsumer bottles drop, fraction processed domestically at an all-time high

UBA report to inform PFAS restriction proposals

German Environment Agency (UBA) publishes final report summarizing information collection on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and set of short-chain PFAS; finds PFCA restriction justifiable, short-chain PFASs difficult to substitute and restrict