Maine bill on phthalates and PFAS

U.S. State of Maine governor considers a bill aiming to eliminate phthalates and PFAS from food packaging from 2020, establish a system to assess further substances of concern in FCMs

EFSA phthalates working group: 10th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates reviews summary statistics on the outcome of a public consultation on draft opinion of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DIDP; focus placed on reviewing comments related to the exposure assessment

EFSA phthalates working group: 9th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates reviews comments received during public consultation on draft opinion of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DIDP; revisions and responses to comments to be discussed in future meeting

German newspaper reports on plastic packaging

Plastic food packaging topic of article in German newspaper taz; focusing on regulation, knowledge gaps, recycling; experts provide background information

EFSA phthalates working group: 8th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates supports EFSA webinar on the risk assessment of phthalates used in plastic food contact materials; webinar now available to watch online

Key chemicals of concern in food packaging

Environmental Defense Fund publishes list of key chemicals of concern in food packaging and food handling equipment

HBM4EU: phthalates and bisphenols

European human biomonitoring initiative holds workshop on policy uptake of data generated for phthalates and bisphenols

EFSA: updated opinion on FCM phthalates

Updated draft scientific opinion on risk assessment of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, and DIDP in food contact materials published; webinar to be held on March 15 and public consultation open until April 14

CEP Panel: 4th plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel held 4th plenary meeting on December 4-6, 2018; adopted opinion on safety evaluations of FCMs, discussed risk assessment of 5 phthalates

FDA still to address ortho-phthalates

NGO calls on U.S Food and Drug Administration to rule on three outstanding petitions regarding the use of ortho-phthalates in contact with food