On September 27, 2018, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) and its partners in the ongoing research project funded by the MAVA foundation published a report summarizing two case studies for prioritization of hazardous chemicals that are associated with plastic packaging. The Database of Chemicals associated with Plastic Packaging (CPPdb) was used as a primary data source for substances to be prioritized for further assessment of their impact on human health and the environment.

A four-step prioritization approach resulted in a list of five phthalates that shall now be assessed in detail for their impact on human health, namely benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, CAS 85-68-7), dibutyl phthalate (DBP, CAS 84-74-2), diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP, CAS 84-69-5), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, CAS 117-81-7), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP, CAS 84-61-7). With respect to environmental hazards, a seven-step prioritization process identified BBP as a priority substance for further assessment.

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FPF (August 31, 2017). “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging: State of the art, prioritization, and assessment.Food Packaging Forum

Anna Watson (September 27, 2018). “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging: How can we prioritize substances for action?CHEM Trust

Chemical Watch (October 4, 2018). “Five plastic-packaging phthalates nominated for EU substitution.Chemical Watch


Geueke, B., et al. (2018). “Prioritization approaches for hazardous chemicals associated with plastic packaging.” Report. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1436442 (published September 27, 2018).

Groh, K., et al. (2018). “Overview of known plastic packaging-associated chemicals and their hazards.Science of the Total Environment (published October 4, 2018).