NGO coalitions call for EU strategy

EDC Free Europe and Green10 urge the EU Commission to develop EU strategy for a non-toxic environment, keep topic as priority despite delays

Provisional agreement on EU food law

European Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement on revisions to EU General Food Law; aim to improve transparency and independence of risk assessments

Public consultation on EU FCM regulation

Consultation launched within ongoing evaluation of food contact material regulation in EU; online questionnaire open until May 6, 2019

4-tert-butylphenol as SVHC

EU Commission plans to identify food contact substance 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) as substance of very high concern (SVHC) for endocrine disruption in the environment; intention notified to World Trade Organization

NGO: Incinerators challenge waste management

European Environmental Bureau reports on high per capita waste generation, funding of incinerators inhibiting waste prevention and recycling

EU considers new calculation rules

New calculation methodology for recycling under discussion by EU; could impact actual recycling rates in meeting set 2030 targets

Ecolabel criteria for chemicals in paper products

EU Commission issues decision banning SVHCs, metal-based pigments, and dyes in EU Ecolabel graphic and tissue paper products

EU food safety model audited

Audit report of EU food safety model finds it ‘overstretched’; recommends more consistency across member states and collaboration with private sector

12th amendment to EU plastic FCM regulation

EU Regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food amended; changes made to include three new substances and modify use and migration limits

EU statement on emerging health issues

EU Commission’s Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks publishes statement and position paper on emerging health and environmental issues