EU reviews metal limits in ceramic and glass FCMs

European Commission initiative to consider lowering migration limits for lead, cadmium, other heavy metals in ceramic, glass, and enamel food contact materials; feedback on roadmap open until June 26, 2019, full public consultation to follow

JRC: Avoid pre-heating for migration testing

EU Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials completes study on the impacts of pre-heating food contact materials before migration testing; advises reference laboratories to avoid pre-heating

Chemical migration from plastic FCMs in China

Chinese scientists analyze migration from 120 domestic plastic FCM products; only 13% of detected migrants listed on EU positive list for plastic FCMs; widespread detection of antioxidant precursor 2,4-DTBP

Lead and arsenic in food contact paper

Low migration of lead and arsenic measured in food contact paper bought in Korea; resulting human exposure estimated to be within safe levels

Aluminum migration from baking foils

Scientists measure leaching of aluminum into baked meat; higher amounts transferred from simple foil compared to foil with baking paper on inner surface

New FPF background article on migration modeling

Food Packaging & Health article introduces concept of mathematical migration modeling, discusses approaches for different packaging materials, highlights benefits, limitations, research needs

Oligomers in biodegradable food packaging

Study of non-volatile components of biodegradable polyester and polylactic acid blend identifies 37 different compounds including plasticizers and oligomers, some seen only in migration experiments

Cadmium in decorated glassware

Review of cadmium pigments in consumer products; food-contact relevant sources include small quantities in recycled plastics, high use in ceramic products, main exposure risk from decorative paint used on drinkware

Metals in paints on chopsticks

Scientists investigate metals in paints on chopsticks; total concentrations variable with some high values reported, resulting in ‘unacceptable’ health risks for exposure due to incidental paint ingestion or metal migration into food

New report on PFASs in FCMs

Study by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future shows some U.S. paper food packaging items likely contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; call on retailers and governments to take actions