FDA: Consultation on threshold for regulation process

U.S. Food and Drug Administration promotes threshold for regulation approach for food contact materials, defines types of information to be submitted by applicants; public comments accepted until August 20, 2019

FDA defends GRAS rule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration argues notification program for food additives generally recognized as safe is reasonable; calls for court to judge in its favor in ongoing litigation

FDA study finds PFAS in grocery store foods

Study presented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds high levels of PFAS in some grocery store products, focus placed on sampling dairy farm near Air Force base and produce sold near PFAS production plant

FDA updating FCM risk assessment

ILSI North America holds first public food packaging conference; several FDA speakers shared updates from ongoing work in pre- and post-market FCM risk assessment

FDA guidance for infant food FCMs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration releases guidance for preparation of food contact notifications for substances in contact with formula or milk

NGOs file for decision on GRAS rule

Environmental Defense Fund and Center for Food Safety file motion for summary judgement to district court challenging U.S. FDA’s rule on use of substances generally recognized as safe

FDA denies hearing on perchlorate

U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejects request by nine NGOs to hold a public hearing challenging earlier decision on perchlorate in food packaging; requestors now considering legal options

FDA bottleneck reviewing notifications

U.S. Food and Drug Administration behind in reviewing new food contact notifications; warns companies to submit thorough safety data given limited capacity for any process iterations

NGO maps PFAS contamination

The Environmental Working Group publishes report mapping PFAS contamination across U.S. sites, calls for banning PFAS in firefighting foams and consumer products including food packaging

FDA still to address ortho-phthalates

NGO calls on U.S Food and Drug Administration to rule on three outstanding petitions regarding the use of ortho-phthalates in contact with food