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Plastics and ocean protection

Marine pollution with plastics debris receives increased attention in the media, U.S. government issues new plans to protect oceans

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ECHA to develop positive list for drinking water contact

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) tasked with creating list of substances approved for use in materials that contact drinking water; first draft expected to contain 1,500 substances, be adopted by 2024; substance approval will be time limited and subject to reassessment

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EU Farm to Fork Strategy announces timeline for FCM revisions

European Commission publishes strategy aiming to change how Europeans value food sustainability; confirms that current EU regulations on food contact materials (FCMs) will be revised to reduce use of hazardous chemicals and support re-usable packaging solutions; proposed revision to be released end of 2022