Update: Mineral oils in food

Foodwatch online petition calling for functional barriers in paper and board packaging in the EU counts nearly 50,000 signatures; food producers and supermarkets react to study results revealing contamination of certain dry food products with mineral oils

EU EDC screening list

European Commission publishes list of substances subject to EDC screening including rationales for selection; screening results expected by April 2016

Disagreement over BPA

No consensus between industry and NGOs regarding EU-wide measures to regulate and restrict BPA in FCMs

ECHA: Evaluation of BPA restriction finalized

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Assessment considers benefits of restricting BPA in thermal paper unlikely to be higher than costs; ultimate decision to be taken by European Commission

EU: New Circular Economy Package

European Commission adopts new Circular Economy Package; strategy on plastic recyclability, biodegradability, and presence of hazardous chemicals proposed

DG SANTE updates website

DG SANTE shares information on its ‘Technical expert group on food contact materials’

EC publishes BPA roadmap

DG SANTE releases roadmap on new measures on BPA in FCMs; different options from no policy change to EU-wide ban on BPA in FCMs discussed and assessed

Summary of latest EU events on FCMs

UK NGO CHEM Trust outlines EU Parliament investigation on FCM regulation, Food Packaging Forum workshop, Luxemburg FCM conference, EFSA public consultation on FCM opinion, fluorinated-free popcorn in Denmark

Methodology for EU EDC screening

European Commission Joint Research Centre presents chemical screening methodology for the impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors

Harmonizing FCM regulation

Conclusions of Luxembourg conference on FCMs published; harmonization of FCM regulation at EU level desired, improvement of risk assessments and declarations of compliance needed