Recycling challenges for McDonald’s paper straws

Restaurant chain working with waste management providers in the UK and Ireland to improve recycling of its paper straws; paper thickness initially causing recycling complications, straws being treated temporarily with general waste until solution found

Polystyrene microplastic and intestinal tissue

Experimental study examined uptake and effects of polystyrene microplastic on human intestinal cells and on mice; finds no relevant acute health risks to mammals

Mercosur positive list for FCM plastic additives

Latin American trade bloc publishes resolution defining additives allowed in food contact material plastics and polymeric coatings; aligns with EU regulations, defines specific migration limits, usage restrictions

FDA called on to clarify its PFAS statements

Environmental Defense Fund questions U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s statements that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) not a concern in foods, requests details about analytical and risk assessment methodology to help fill “critical gaps” in FDA statements

Plastic Health Summit conference

Conference on October 3, 2019, in Amsterdam to focus on reviewing current scientific research in micro- and nanoplastics, plastic additives, and health; registration and program available online

Initiative for a circular bio-based Europe

EU Commission publishes roadmap outlining proposed initiative for developing research partnerships; aims to drive innovation, value creation from waste and biomass; open for public comment until August 27, 2019

Huffington Post article on plastics and health

Article discusses hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging, highlights unknowns regarding health impacts, complexity of the issue

Industry coalition backs FDA’s GRAS rule

Safe Food Ingredients Coalition advocates for court judgement supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food additive notification process; responses from plaintiffs due August 23, 2019

Australia sets national packaging targets

Targets set to be achieved by 2025; include 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging, 70% recycling or composting rate, 30% average recycled content in packaging, phasing out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging

Contamination found in paper straws

Swiss government laboratory tests paper drinking straws purchased from grocery stores and restaurants; finds chloropropanols, mineral oils, photoinitiators