Code Check on reducing exposure to hazardous food packaging chemicals

Article by product ingredient transparency app Code Check provides overview of some hazardous chemicals that can be present in food packaging; provides tips for reducing exposure

EFSA prioritizes substances for setting SMLs

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel publishes scientific opinion prioritizing 451 substances for creation of specific migration limits (SMLs) for plastic food contact materials; the 3 identified high priority substances are salicylic acid, styrene, and vinyl laurate

Upcoming FPF webinar on novel bioassays for FCMs

On June 30, 2020, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) will hold a webinar featuring a presentation from Alan Bergmann from the Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology on recent research developing novel bioassays to improve testing of food contact materials (FCMs); method improves sensitivity of detecting estrogenicity within complex mixtures of chemicals

Japan releases revised positive list for FCMs

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare publishes revised version of positive list for food contact materials (FCMs); includes additional base polymer resins, monomers, additives; to be enforced from June 1, 2020 with five-year transition period for existing products

Zero Waste Europe webinar on FCMs

Webinar on food contact materials (FCMs) to present on the migration of chemicals and their impacts on human health, discuss improving EU policy framework in the context of the European Green Deal; deliver first results from recent project on phthalates

BfR updates recommendations for FCMs

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes updates to non-binding recommendations for various food contact materials (FCMs); includes new migration limits for slimicides and aluminum in paper and board, catalyst residues in polypropylene and polyethylene, new monomers for polymer dispersions

Malaysia sets metal migration limits for ceramics

Notification to World Trade Organization (WTO) expands regulations to cover ceramic cooking ware, sets migration limits of 0.5 mg/L for lead and 0.05 mg/L for cadmium

PlasticsEurope publishes infographics on FCMs

European industry association publishes infographics on food contact materials, provides overview of substance migration and risk assessment process

Proficiency test for cyclic oligomers analysis

EU Reference Laboratory for FCMs reports ‘satisfactory’ results of proficiency test focused on determination of cyclic oligomers from PET and PBT by national laboratories and control authorities

Food packaging fact sheet now in 18 languages

Food Packaging Forum translates its fact sheet on food packaging and human health into 18 different languages, provides introductory overview of chemicals in food packaging; pdfs available for download in all languages