Influence of consumer and retailer demands

U.S. state regulations, consumer and retailer actions on chemicals in food packaging more effective than FDA regulation, according to experts at Chemical Watch conference

Scientists concerned about FDA’s conclusions on BPA safety

Academic scientists criticize U.S. FDA’s premature conclusions on safety of bisphenol A based on draft CLARITY-BPA core study report; academic studies within CLARITY-BPA will elucidate more sensitive effects on endocrine system

‘BPA produced minimal effects’

GLP core study of CLARITY-BPA research program finds ‘few significant effects’ in rats chronically exposed to bisphenol A; American Chemistry Council emphasizes that BPA is safe for consumers

Draft CLARITY-BPA report published

U.S. National Toxicology Program releases draft report on CLARITY-BPA study; deadline for comments is April 12, 2018; meeting for peer-review scheduled for April 26, 2018

Action needed on phthalates in food

Article in Environmental Health News highlights growing consumer concern about phthalates and other chemicals in food; action expected to happen in the marketplace

Opinion: FDA fails to ensure food safety

Scientific perspectives article discusses current gaps in assessment and regulation of chemicals in food by U.S. FDA, illustrates problems with perchlorate example, calls for immediate action to protect child health

FPF speaker spotlight: Maricel Maffni

Independent consultant Dr. Maricel Maffni focuses on food additive petitions as a means to get U.S. FDA to take action on unsafe food contact substances at Food Packaging Forum’s 2017 Workshop

FDA roadmap for predictive toxicology

U.S. FDA publishes roadmap to further develop predictive toxicology methods for risk assessment; public workshop to be held

FDA guidance on forming GRAS panels

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues draft guidance for industry with recommendations for choosing experts to make GRAS determinations; comments can be submitted until January 16, 2018 and May 15, 2018

Update: FDA’s inaction on perchlorate

NGO highlights U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s failure to investigate sources of increased perchlorate levels in food; no response yet to NGO objection to continued use of perchlorate in food packaging