Government agency Health Canada publishes updated industry guide providing relevant information, examples, migration limits, designs for warnings labels; emphasizes that undecorated glassware and ceramics out of scope of regulation
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) propose grouping 343 bisphenol A (BPA) structural analogues and functional alternatives under Chemicals Management Plan; request feedback on selection method and grouping until February 17, 2021
Plastic recycling processes, regulations, market data and safety issues addressed
Canadian government announces intention to consider per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as single class; will continue to support PFAS related research, collect information on how to implement approach, review implementation of other jurisdictions; plans to publish overview report in 2023; approach open for stakeholder feedback about challenges and opportunities
Government publishes draft screening assessment of 7 parabens, identifies 4 to present danger to human health or environment at current levels of exposure; proposed risk management published; findings open for public comment until May 13, 2020
Government lists plastic products in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) as “toxic”; legal step required in order to move forward with new regulation, product restrictions; will support government in implementing national plastic plans
Bisphenol A is widely used in plastic consumer products, including food packaging. It likely has been the most controversial substance of the last decade. The Food Packaging Forum provides a background article of application, toxicity and regulation of BPA as well as giving a summary of the most debated issues in the research of BPA.
Recent set of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals review current barriers in flexible plastics to achieving circular economy, recommends regulatory policies be tailored to individual steps in supply chain; consumers easily confused by plastic waste management system, recycling processes, biodegradability claims; researchers instead propose food system shift towards decentralization, shorter supply chains
While few perfluorinated compounds have been phased out due to health concerns, other per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFASs) compounds continue to be used for food contact materials. The Food Packaging Forum summarizes chemistry, applications, health concerns, and regulation of PFASs.
Italian researchers showed that mother’s reduced ability to metabolize BPA may be associated with fetal malformations