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

EU court rejects industry appeal on DEHP

EU Court of Justice dismisses industry appeal against ECHA’s identification of DEHP as endocrine disruptor for the environment; case sets precedent for other ongoing suits e.g. on BPA

Systematic review of DIBP

Published review of animal data for diisobutyl phthalate finds ‘robust’ evidence of male reproductive and developmental toxicity

EU Commission restricts four phthalates

EU Commission adopts decision to restrict DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP in consumer products on EU market; food contact materials not covered