EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates continues working to revise draft opinion of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DIDP
EU Commission announces the planned addition of 12 substances to the REACH Authorization List, set to be added in October 2019
Central German packaging register ‘LUCID’ launched; registration of packaged goods possible until January 1, 2019, when new German packaging law enters into force
UV filters are added to food packaging in order to protect the food packaging from degradation, as well as the food contained within from harmful UV light. UV filters may migrate into food stuff. They have been associated with endocrine activity, cancer and contact sensitization.
Melamine is used to make resins and table ware amongst other applications. It may be toxic to the kidney, and has been associated with an increased risk of kidney cancer. The Food Packaging Forum summarizes applications, risks and regulations of the substance.
Scientific study investigates effect of plasticizer exposure during pregnancy on thyroid function; outcomes suggest several phthalate metabolites disrupt thyroid hormone levels; finds association of phthalate-alternative DINCH with thyroxine levels
EU Commission places 12 substances of very high concern on the Authorisation List of the REACH regulation; 3 substances relevant for food contact materials
Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches free training program split into weekly webinars and online discussion space; open to everyone, begins April 15, 2020
Amazon, Alibaba, eBay, Rakuten France sign EU Commission’s ‘product safety pledge’ to remove dangerous products from sale more quickly; NGOs call for more specific action on hazardous chemicals