In an article published on December 5, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) informed that its Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) finalized opinions in support of a proposal by Germany and Sweden to restrict “the manufacturing, use, placing on the market and import” of six per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFASs), including their salts and precursors (FPF reported).

The substances are: Perfluoronic acid (PFNA, CAS 375-95-1), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA, CAS 335-76-2), perfluoroundecanoic acid (PFUnDA, CAS 2058-94-8), perfluorododecanoic acid (PFDoDA, CAS 307-55-1), perfluoroethridecanoic acid (PFTrDA, CAS 72629-94-8), and perfluorotetradecanoic acid (PFTeDA, CAS 376-06-7). Various PFASs have been commonly used in food contact applications (see FPF dossier).

Further, RAC adopted opinions on harmonized classification and labeling of several substances relevant for food contact materials (FCMs). These include 2-ethyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE, CAS 15571-58-1), 4,5-dichloro-2-octyl-isothiazolone (DCOIT, CAS 64359-81-5), and resorcinol diglycidyl ether (CAS 101-90-6), listed on the Annex I of the regulation EU (No) 10/2011 on food contact plastics and on the FACET list of FCMs. In addition, 2-octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (CAS 26530-20-1) is on the FACET list. DOTE is a stabilizer for rigid PVC film. Resorcinol diglycidyl ether is used in epoxy coatings manufacture. The two other substances could be used as antimicrobials in food contact adhesives.

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ECHA (December 5, 2018). “ECHA’s committees adopt 19 harmonized classification and labelling opinions and one restriction.

ECHA (December 5, 2018). “Annex to a news release: RAC concludes on 19 opinions for harmonized classification and labelling and adopts its opinion on a restriction of substances used in tattoo inks. SEAC adopts a restriction proposal on C9-C14 PFCAs, their salts and precursors.(pdf)