Industry opposes update of phthalate authorization

European Plasticisers deems inclusion of endocrine disrupting properties of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP in Authorization List ‘unnecessary overregulation’ that will put ‘excessive burdens’ on industry

Chemical exposures during pregnancy

Washington Post discusses exposure to environmental chemicals during pregnancy and risks posed to unborn children

EFSA: 6th FIP network meeting on FCMs

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging Scientific Network held 6th meeting on food contact materials on July 10-11, 2018, discussed ongoing activities, printing inks, paper and board FCMs

CEP Panel: 1st plenary meeting

EFSA’s newly formed CEP Panel held 1st plenary meeting, July 4-5, 2018; working groups established; ongoing mandates and PET recycling process discussed

Phthalates reduce neuron numbers in developing brain

Rats perinatally exposed to phthalates show lower number of neurons and synapses in the brain, decreased cognitive flexibility

Member States support restriction of 4 phthalates

EU Member States support proposal to restrict DEHP, DBP, DIBP, BBP in consumer articles; restriction will not cover food contact materials

Opinion: FCMs must be included in EU phthalates restriction

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and CHEM Trust call on EU Member States to extend proposed REACH restriction of phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, BBP also to food contact materials

U.S. bill to ban phthalates in FCMs

U.S. Senate presented with a bill to ban ortho-phthalates in food contact materials, including food packaging

CEF Panel: 75th plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel discusses PET recycling processes, new mandate for evaluating food contact chemical, safety assessment of phthalates and BPA in FCMs at 75th plenary meeting, held June 5-7, 2018

ECHA adds 10 new substances to Candidate List

D4, D5, D6 and other compounds relevant for food contact materials listed as substances of very high concern