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

U.S. EPA considers phthalate risk evaluations

Agency requested by industry to conduct risk evaluations on DINP and DIDP; NGOs criticize request as attempt to block state action; public comment on the matter open until October 3, 2019

Phthalates in vinyl gloves

Study by NGO Ecology Center finds ortho-phthalates in vinyl gloves used to handle food, urges use of alternatives such as washed bare hands, polyethylene or nitrile gloves

EU identifies four phthalates as endocrine disrupting

European Chemicals Agency identifies phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP as having endocrine disrupting properties; these substances already placed on Authorization List for being toxic to reproduction

EFSA phthalates working group: 11th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates continues work on draft opinion for phthalates reassessment, addresses comments received during public consultation

Maine bill on phthalates and PFAS

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