EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 23rd meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on recycling plastics now available online

EFSA working group on FCMs: 29th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on food contact materials now available online

Endocrine Society criticizes EU’s EDC strategy

Endocrine Society deems EU’s EDC criteria insufficient to protect public health, EDC guidance too restrictive, calls for extending EDC strategy to cover more product groups, including FCMs, and to protect most vulnerable populations, such as fetuses, children, adolescents

EDC guidance document published

EFSA and ECHA release pre-publication version of guidance for implementation of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors; guidance applies to biocides from June 7, 2018 and to pesticides from November 10, 2018

EFSA selects new scientific experts

EFSA publishes list of scientific experts for renewal of its scientific panels; CEF Panel to be replaced by new Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP)

EFSA working group on phthalates: 3rd meeting

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

EFSA seeks feedback on communicating uncertainty

EFSA publishes draft guidance on communication of uncertainty in scientific assessments; public consultation open until June 24, 2018

Phthalates in dairy farm equipment

New report by Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging finds continued use of phthalates in plastic and rubber equipment for dairy farming; potential source of phthalates in dairy products such as milk and cheese

EFSA updates food consumption database

EFSA releases updated Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, includes data from EU Menu project, covers more population groups and new food categories

EFSA: Safety assessment of PET recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers ‘BTB PET direct IV+’-recycled PET safe for contact with all foodstuffs for long-term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill; trays made of this recycled PET not to be used in microwave and ovens