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Discussion on FCMs containing bamboo

EU Commission Working Group identifies increasing number of plastic food contact materials containing natural additives such as bamboo or corn; cautions business operators regarding misleading advertising, requirement that only authorized substances should be used in plastic layers

IARC: melamine possibly carcinogenic

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies melamine as possibly carcinogenic to humans

EU commission calls for additional FCM testing

European Commission asks EU member states to carry out additional tests to determine prevalence of substance migration from food contact materials and articles; recommendation targets primary aromatic amines, bisphenols, plasticizers, and fluorinated compounds

Thailand proposes standard for FCMs

Thailand notifies WTO of future mandatory standard for thermoset plastics derived from formaldehyde

Considerations on reusable coffee to go cups

BfR answers frequently asked questions about reusable coffee to go cups, addresses hygiene aspects, discusses suitable materials

Melamine’s effects beyond kidney

Scoping review identifies potential health effects of melamine other than renal damage, including impacts on neurological functions, behavior, reproduction, and growth

Formaldehyde and melamine migration from tableware

Italian scientists investigate migration of formaldehyde and melamine from children’s tableware made of melaware and other amino resins; specific and overall migration limits exceeded in some products; aging increases migration; migration cannot be predicted from product’s appearance

Melamine

Melamine is used to make resins and tableware, amongst other applications. The dossier summarizes applications, risks and regulations of the substance.

High migration rates from melamine after microwave heating

Melamine derivatives formed and released from tableware after microwaving

NGO statement on child feeding and chemical residues

Non-profit organization IBFAN advises mothers to breastfeed irrespective of chemical burden, chemical contaminants present in both breast milk and infant foods

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