Japan notifies WTO of positive list

Ministry notifies World Trade Organization of planned positive list system for food-contact plastics; separate lists for base polymer plastics, coatings, minor monomers; notification open for comments until October 8, 2019; system enters into force June 2020

Aquafina, Dasani water in aluminum cans

Beverage manufacturers PepsiCo and Coca-Cola both plan to release their flagship water brands in new packaging, including aluminum cans and bottles; new packaging to be rolled out in the U.S. through 2020

Mercosur positive list for FCM plastic additives

Latin American trade bloc publishes resolution defining additives allowed in food contact material plastics and polymeric coatings; aligns with EU regulations, defines specific migration limits, usage restrictions

Plastic Health Summit conference

Conference on October 3, 2019, in Amsterdam to focus on reviewing current scientific research in micro- and nanoplastics, plastic additives, and health; registration and program available online

Huffington Post article on plastics and health

Article discusses hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging, highlights unknowns regarding health impacts, complexity of the issue

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo leave Plastics Industry Association

Both beverage manufacturers announce departure from industry association; environmental groups condemn association’s policy lobbying to block local plastic packaging bans in U.S., Greenpeace hails announcement as progress

EFSA opinions on four PET recycling processes

European Food Safety Authority’s Working Group on Recycling Plastics publishes opinions on four processes for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials; includes AMB, Poly Recycling, Texplast, Quinn Packaging processes

U.S. lawmakers to propose sweeping waste bill

Outline of bill includes extending producer responsibility, introduction of nationwide deposit schemes, single-use plastic bans, 100% recyclable packaging requirement; public feedback accepted until August 21, 2019

OECD on policies for sustainable plastics design

Global forum discusses design of sustainable plastics from chemicals perspective within circular economy, publishes meeting report and working paper investigating policy approaches, identifying gaps and opportunities

The Intercept article on plastic waste

Article discusses growing use of plastics and calls into question the effectiveness of current and future recycling efforts, skeptical of recent brand and retailer efforts to adapt their uses of plastic packaging