New Indian food packaging regulations

New regulations set migration limits and prohibit recycled plastics in packaging; enter into force in July

EFSA BPA reevaluation: 5th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel Working Group on BPA safety reevaluation holds 5th meeting; minutes available online

Upcoming webinar on microplastics

Collaborative on Health and Environment to hold third webinar within series on the effects on plastics on health; registration now open

Plastic packaging a challenge for brands

Wall Street Journal article discusses increasing costs related to plastic packaging; brands challenged to satisfy both investors and consumers

EU Regions’ opinion on plastics strategy

EU Committee of Regions releases opinion urging that hazardous substances be ‘completely removed’ from plastic products by 2025, in order to boost circular economy

Book on EDC effects and costs

New book by Leonardo Trasande reviews human health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, provides recommendations for reducing exposures

EU agreement on single-use plastics

EU Council and Parliament provisionally agree on new Directive restricting several single-use plastic products, including cutlery, plates, straws, certain food and beverage containers

Disagreement over ECHA’s SVHC database

Opposing positions taken by industry, NGOs, scientific expert with regard to ECHA’s planned database on SVHCs in products

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