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ECHA finds 1 in 4 imported products non-compliant

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) completes pilot enforcement project focused on restricted substances cadmium, lead, nickel; finds 23% of inspected products not compliant with EU chemicals regulations

EU to inspect consumer products for hazardous substances

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announces large enforcement project to check for presence of select hazardous substances regulated under REACH and persistent organic pollutant legislation; communication along supply chain to be evaluated; results to be released in 2023

Scientific consensus statement on food contact chemicals and human health

Group of 33 international scientists publish peer-reviewed statement identifying seven specific areas for improvement, urge decision makers to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals present in food packaging and other contact food contact materials

FPF Workshop 2019: How to improve FCM law and enforcement in the EU

Konrad Grob criticizes FCM regulation and enforcement in the EU, suggests future actions for improvement

FPF Workshop 2019: FCM oversight in Denmark

Mette Holm gives overview of approaches to FCM inspection and control by Danish Ministry of Environment and Food; latest monitoring study on PFAS in paper and board FCMs still finds intentional addition of PFAS; Denmark bans PFAS in paper and board FCM from 2020

EU commission calls for additional FCM testing

European Commission asks EU member states to carry out additional tests to determine prevalence of substance migration from food contact materials and articles; recommendation targets primary aromatic amines, bisphenols, plasticizers, and fluorinated compounds

Challenges and developments in plastic converter industry

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2019 discusses use of the mutual recognition principle, improved supply chain communication, analysis of non-intentionally added substances, and regulation of recycling for plastic FCMs

German newspaper reports on plastic packaging

Plastic food packaging topic of article in German newspaper taz; focusing on regulation, knowledge gaps, recycling; experts provide background information

JRC informs about chemicals in food packaging

EU Joint Research Centre highlights Commission’s efforts in ensuring safety of food contact materials in new 2-page document

REACH debate at EU Parliament

Members of EU Parliament react to German study showing a third of REACH registrations non-compliant; calls for publicizing the list of infringing companies, more efficient dossier evaluation, stricter enforcement

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