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

Use of omics in risk assessment

EFSA colloquium addresses use of omics in risk assessment of biological and chemical hazards in the food chain; omics approaches promising but further improvements needed to enable broader application

Environmental risk assessment across fields

Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) hold joint symposium on environmental risk assessment, see ‘urgent need for harmonization of environmental risk assessment in different scientific fields’

Cautious use of recycled plastics in food packaging

EU plastics strategy promotes using recycled plastics in food packaging, however food safety needs to be guaranteed, Euractiv article illustrates

EFSA working group on recycling plastics: 22nd meeting

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

EFSA working group on phthalates: 2nd 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

CEF Panel: 74th plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel discusses PET recycling processes and new mandates for evaluating food contact chemicals at 74th plenary meeting held March 7-8, 2018

EFSA report on evidence integration

EFSA publishes report of its colloquium on evidence integration in chemical risk assessment, held October 25-26, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Implementation of EDC criteria for biocides

EU biocides authorities settle how criteria to identify endocrine disruptors for biocides will be realized; criteria to apply from June 7, 2018; ECHA and EFSA prepare final guidance document

EFSA: Guidelines on public consultations

EFSA publishes guidelines it follows when consulting on its scientific outputs