HEAL publishes infographics on FCMs

New series of infographics by the Health and Environmental Alliance focuses on presence of chemicals in food contact materials, toxicity, plastics, and health effects; launched in connection with the Plastic Health Summit on October 3, 2019

EFSA working group updates: September 2019

Minutes from recent meetings of the EFSA working groups on BPS, BPA, FCMs, phthalates, and recycling plastic available

U.S. grocer plans packaging chemical restrictions

Ahold Delhaize USA to restrict chemicals of concern from private label products across all stores; targets chemicals including PFAS, BPA, phthalates; plans to increase testing to ensure compliance and partner with suppliers to identify contamination sources

EC’s meeting with European FCM industry

EU Commission presents ongoing work in FCM field to professional associations; amendments to recycling plastics regulation and specific measure on ‘glymo’ in preparation; authorization of recycling processes expected by Q3 2020; final publication of updated EFSA opinion on phthalates in FCMs expected soon

Biomonitoring of environmental chemicals, plastics

New French biomonitoring study measures levels of bisphenols, phthalates, PFAS in adults and children; German biomonitoring study finds plastic byproducts in 97% of children’s urine samples

Kraft-Heinz called to address phthalates

Petition organized by coalition calls on food manufacturer to remove sources of phthalates in its products; organizers blocked from delivering signatures and call on public and governments to act

Replacing phthalates in plastic packaging

Swedish non-governmental organization ChemSec publishes practical advice to business operators on why and how to replace phthalates, discusses alternatives, regrettable substitutions, and policy options

EFSA phthalates working group: 13th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel’s working group on phthalates continues working to revise draft opinion on DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DIDP

Public events on safer products bill and toxicology roadmap

U.S. State of Washington to host webinar on August 29, 2019 explaining new Safer Products for Washington bill and planned implementation; U.S. FDA to hold public workshop on September 18, 2019 providing update on development of Predictive Toxicology Roadmap

EFSA phthalates working group: 12th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates continues working to revise draft opinion of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DIDP