EU Parliament adopts general food law revisions to improve transparency

European Parliament votes to accept proposed regulatory changes to speed-up EFSA processes, create common register of studies, set criteria for confidential business information

EFSA FCM working group: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials holds 2nd meeting; minutes now available online

EFSA plastics recycling working group: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on recycling plastics holds 2nd meeting; minutes now available online

EFSA assesses ‘RecyPET Hungária’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers recycling process ‘RecyPET Hungária’ insufficiently characterized with regard to decontamination efficiency to produce safe recycled PET

EFSA phthalates working group: 3rd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates reassesses safety of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP and DIDP for food contact plastics; updated meeting minutes now available online

Omics in risk assessment

EFSA publishes final report on ‘omics in risk assessment’ colloquium; omics tools a ‘valuable addition’ for risk assessment but not yet to be used as a standalone tool; development and endorsement of ‘consistent reporting framework’ necessary

CEP Panel: 3rd plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel held 3rd plenary meeting on October 23-25, 2018, with open sessions; new PET recycling processes, food contact chemicals, updated risk assessment for 5 phthalates discussed

EFSA BPA reevaluation: 3rd and 4th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel Working Group on BPA safety reevaluation holds 3rd and 4th meeting; minutes available online

EFSA: Consultation on TTC guidance

EFSA opens public consultation for guidance on using Threshold of Toxicological Concern in food safety assessment; public comments to be provided until January 8, 2019

EFSA assesses liquid absorber for use in FCMs

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked safe for use in plastic food contact materials under certain conditions and for indirect food contact only