It is well known that food contact materials (FCMs) and food contact articles (FCAs) are a source of human chemical exposure, since food contact chemicals (FCCs) migrate from packaging and other FCAs into food. But how relevant are these exposures to human health? 

There are several aspects within this topic that are currently less understood, namely the different types of FCCs humans are exposed to and how they are associated with adverse human health outcomes. Together with thirteen project partners representing a range of cross-cutting expertise, the Food Packaging Forum initiated the FCCH project to map the existing scientific evidence on:

  • which chemicals migrate and are extractable from food contact materials and articles,
  • which FCCs humans are known to be exposed to, and
  • how these FCCs are associated with chronic diseases in humans.

Project Structure

The FCCH project is organized into three parts with key questions associated with each:

Part 1:

  • What FCCs are known to be used/authorized for use in food contact materials (FCMs) and articles (FCAs)?
  • For which FCCs is there evidence for migration and/or extraction from FCMs and FCAs?

Part 2:

  • For which FCCs is there evidence for human exposure from biomonitoring studies?

Part 3:

  • How are FCCs that humans are exposed to associated with adverse human health outcomes?

Timeline and Team


The FCCH project began in August 2018 and runs through 2019.


Core Team Affiliations and Expertise

Birgit Geueke, Food Packaging Forum, Switzerland

Ksenia Groh, Food Packaging Forum, Switzerland

Maricel Maffini, Independent Consultant/Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), USA

Olwenn Martin, Brunel University, UK

Jane Muncke (Project Manager), Food Packaging Forum, Switzerland


Scientific Advisory Group Affiliations and Expertise

Jonathan Chevrièr, McGill University, Canada

Barbara Demeneix, CNRS (French National Research Center), France

Jean-Baptiste Fini, CNRS (French National Research Center), France

Jane Houlihan, Healthy Babies, Bright Futures, USA

Chris Kassotis, Duke University, USA

Pete Myers, Environmental Health Sciences, USA

Susan Nagel, University of Missouri, USA

Katie Pelch, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), USA

Rob Sargis, University of Illinois, USA

Leo Trasande, New York University, USA

Laura Vandenberg, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Martin Wagner, Norwegian Technical University Trøndheim, NO


The project has been financially supported in part by The Plastic Solutions Fund and the MAVA Foundation.

Updates and Publications

Key project results within each of the three parts of the project are planned for publication as open source documents. 

December 23, 2018:

Protocol for systematic mapping (Part 1) published.

Martin, O. et al. (2018). “Protocol for a systematic map of the evidence of migrating and extractable chemicals from food contact articles.” doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2525277