Australians’ exposure to food packaging chemicals is low

Food standards agency of Australia and New Zealand tests foods and beverages for 30 packaging chemicals; half of chemicals detected at low levels (ppm/ppb) in tested samples

BfR discusses polyfluorinated chemicals

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment’s commission on food contaminants addresses polyfluorinated compounds in food packaging and demands safety assessment by EFSA

Repercussions of PFOA at Teflon production site

Article discusses history of PFOA, focusing on environmental and public health effects, legal consequences and regulatory implications

FDA bans 3 perfluorinated substances

Grease-proofing agents not to be used in paper and board in contact with food; FDA concludes no reasonable certainty of no harm

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

Popcorn without fluorinated chemicals

Retailer Coop Denmark introduces microwave oven popcorn containing no fluorinated substances in the food packaging, aims to phase out further chemicals of concern by 2017

Toxic chemicals in recycled paper and board

Danish researchers detect chemicals of concern in food packaging made from recycled paper and board; push for EU-wide regulation of paper and board food contact materials

Public consultations on BPA and PFOA

ECHA Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis holds public consultations on draft opinions for restriction of BPA in thermal paper and PFOA; deadline for comments is November 16, 2015

Chemicals of concern in pizza boxes

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals tests pizza boxes and finds fluorocarbons and other chemicals of concern in all samples

Restriction of PFOA and BPA

ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment and Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis release opinions on restriction proposals for PFOA and BPA