ECHA tasked with defining hazard classes for CLP regulation

European Commission, following its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, tasks ECHA with defining hazard classes for revision of the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) regulation; to include persistent, mobile, and toxic (PMT) chemicals, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and various classifications of toxicity

Webinar series on human health impacts of chemical exposures

Collaboration on Health and the Environment (CHE) and University of California launch seven-part webinar series on cumulative impacts of toxic chemicals; aims to educate researchers, health professionals, policy makers, advocates and patients; addresses topics such as infertility, prenatal exposure

FPF Workshop 2020: Proceedings available

8th annual Food Packaging Forum workshop focuses on linking policy-making with scientific research to improve the safety of food contact materials; video recordings, presentation slides, and summary articles now available online

FPF Workshop 2020: FPF year in review

Martin Scheringer reviews the Food Packaging Forum’s work in 2020; discusses scientific consensus statement on food contact chemicals (FCCs) and health, ongoing projects aiming to understand contribution of FCC exposure to chronic diseases of public health concern

Uptake and internal distribution of PFAS

Scientists develop radiolabeling method to trace per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) uptake and distribution in mice; observe uptake in all organs, transport from mother to fetus across placenta; highest uptake in liver after tail vein administration, in lungs after oral gavage

Code Check on reducing exposure to hazardous food packaging chemicals

Article by product ingredient transparency app Code Check provides overview of some hazardous chemicals that can be present in food packaging; provides tips for reducing exposure

Upcoming webinars on chemicals, aging and disease

Collaborative on Health and the Environment to host webinars on phthalate exposure and aging, chemical mixtures and cancer; US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to host series of webinars on time lags between exposures and disease onset

Feedback requested for EU’s ‘Beating Cancer Plan’

European Commission opens feedback period on its upcoming ‘Beating Cancer Plan,’ targets improving cancer prevention in the EU; exposure to chemicals seen as relevant environmental risk factor to be addressed

Screw caps a source of microplastics

Scientists find increased release of microplastic particles after repeated open/close cycles in screw-cap plastic bottles, no release from bottle walls; call for more research on degradation of food contact plastics

Food packaging fact sheet now in 18 languages

Food Packaging Forum translates its fact sheet on food packaging and human health into 18 different languages, provides introductory overview of chemicals in food packaging; pdfs available for download in all languages