French BPA ban in food contact materials not approved of by industry

PlasticsEurope rejects new French bill banning BPA in direct food contact applications, starting January 2015. The bill is in conflict with existing European law and forces the EU Commission to act by either introducing the same measures in all of Europe, or taking legal action against France. A new scientific opinion by EFSA on BPA is expected in May 2013.

Endocrine disruption and the next generation of chemicals

Chemists, toxicologists collaborate to develop safer chemicals by compiling a Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption (TiPED) testing, published in the Green Chemistry journal. Their goal is to eliminate the hazard of endocrine disruption, rather than attempting to control exposures as current approaches do. Certainty on absence of endocrine disruption currently can only be achieved with whole organism experiments, according to the authors.

EFSA authorizes six PET recycling processes for up to 100 % use in food contact materials

EFSA authorized PET recycling processes based on the STARLINGER IV+ technology and the “RPET Nosinyec process”

Scientific publication lights the way on safety assessment of new chemicals

A new scientific, peer-reviewed article published in the journal Green Chemistry discusses how the hazard of endocrine disruption can be eliminated already in the design stage for new chemicals.

PFOS exposure reduced through phase-out, but substitute on the rise

Study of 13 PFAAs shows that while PFOS levels in blood serum have rapidly declined since the phase out in 2002, PFBS levels are now doubling every 6 years.

JRC: Workshop on sensory science for food contact materials safety

Experts presented their work on sensory science for food contact materials safety at a workshop in Ispra organized by the JRC

Presentations from the FACET closing conference available online

FACET publishes the presentations on the latest dietary exposure tool, which had been presented at the closing conference in October

Need for inclusion of migration risks from packaging in the evaluation of organic foods

Report on the evaluation of organic foods states that the migration risks posed by packaging materials may be of greater importance than the contamination with pesticides

Aromatic Mineral Oils measured in chocolate from advent calendars

A German Consumer Protection Agency measures mineral oils at levels higher than 10mg/kg in chocolate from advent calendars and finds some to be contaminated with aromatic mineral oils