Workshop on BPA hazard assessment protocol

EFSA opens registration for stakeholder workshop on BPA hazard assessment protocol to be held in Brussels on September 14, 2017 following the closure of the currently-running public consultation

EU Member States adopt EDC criteria

EU Member States vote in favor of European Commission-proposed criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products; both industry and NGOs view adopted criteria as ‘flawed,’ call on European Parliament to veto the proposal

Public consultation on BPA re-evaluation

EFSA announces public consultation on BPA re-evaluation protocol, defining scope, methodology, information needs for safety assessment planned in 2018; deadline for comments is September 3, 2017

EFSA updates independence policy

EFSA publishes revised independence policy including new elements to avoid conflicts of interest; NGO remains critical of EFSA’s ties to food industry

EFSA evaluates 3 PET recycling processes

EFSA considers PET made from recycling processes ‘Coexpan Montonate,’ ‘4PET,’ and ‘Plastienvase’ safe for use in food contact articles under certain conditions

International food contact compliance conference

Italian Institute of Packaging holds 4th International Conference on Food Contact Compliance on September 20-22, 2017 in Baveno, Italy; program and registration now online

EFSA’s conflicts of interest analyzed

NGO Corporate Europe Observatory publishes report on EFSA’s independence policy, shows 46% of the authority’s experts have conflicts of interest

EFSA evaluates ‘EREMA’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘EREMA Recycling (MPR, Basic and Advanced technologies)’ safe for use in food contact articles under certain conditions

EFSA evaluates ‘Alimpet’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘Alimpet’ safe for use in food trays and containers intended for contact with all types of foodstuffs, except packaged water

EFSA assesses new PET recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from recycling process ‘Coexpan Deutschland’ safe for use in food trays and containers; recycled PET articles not to be used for packaging water