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

Many REACH registrations non-compliant

Study by German authorities finds 32% of high production volume chemicals non-compliant with REACH safety data requirements; 31% compliant, rest uncertain; European Environmental Bureau suggests actions for improvement

Vietnam tightens enforcement for FCMs

Vietnamese decree specifies fines and other actions to penalize production or import of unsafe food packaging

Chemicals of concern in Swiss food packaging

Swiss national tv channel reports on study by Swiss authorities that revealed elevated levels of mineral oils, plasticizers, photoinitiators, chlorinated substances in sampled paper and board food packaging

Swiss authorities investigate paper and board packaging

Enforcement campaign finds mineral oils, plasticizers, photoinitiators, chlorinated substances in paper and board packaging; >50% of companies could not demonstrate legal compliance

FPF speaker spotlight: Thomas Gude

Dr. Thomas Gude of Swiss Quality Testing Services illustrates third-party testing labs’ role in enforcing FCM regulations at Food Packaging Forum’s 2017 Workshop

FPF Workshop 2017: Ensuring the safety of FCMs in a global economy

Presentations and podium discussion at Food Packaging Forum 2017 workshop cover risk communication, the role of testing labs and enforcement, regulatory updates, and transparency issues

Nanomaterials registry in Belgium

Belgium calls companies to register nanosubstances and mixtures containing nanosubstances before January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, respectively; registration exemption for food contact materials

Spotlight on compliance of plastic resins

Study by regulatory enforcement officers highlights insufficient compliance work by polyolefin producers on migrating substances from plastics intended for food contact