Colombia regulates heavy metals in glass, ceramics

Colombian health ministry publishes emergency technical regulation setting migration limits for lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramics; new limits effective until July 2020

Turkey updates food contact plastic regulations

Turkey publishes two notifications specifying food simulants for migration testing, authorized substances, migrations limits; aligns more closely with EU 10/2011 regulation, enters into force December 31, 2020

California solicits comments on PFAS in food packaging

U.S. state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) calls for comments on uses, alternatives, and life cycle impacts of PFAS in food packaging; comment period open until January 14, 2020, public workshop to be held on the same date

BEUC, CHEM Trust call for reformed EU FCM regulations

European Consumer Organization (BEUC) publishes position paper on current EU food contact material (FCM) regulation, calls for answers to known deficiencies, harmonized regulation; CHEM Trust letter to European Commissioner for Health outlines concerns, recommends following five key principles

ECHA recognizes PFBS as substance of very high concern

European member states agree to recognize perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC); cite equivalent concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic substances, high mobility in environment

UBA report to inform PFAS restriction proposals

German Environment Agency (UBA) publishes final report summarizing information collection on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and set of short-chain PFAS; finds PFCA restriction justifiable, short-chain PFASs difficult to substitute and restrict

Brazil adopts positive list for plastic FCMs

New national legislation integrates positive list of additives for use in plastic food contact materials and polymeric coatings; aligns Brazil with Mercosur regulation GMC 39/19 introduced in July 2019

JRC report on nanomaterial identification

European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) publishes report with guidance on measurement techniques to identify nanomaterials under the EU definition; includes practical examples and flowchart to support analysis

France’s single-use plastic ban scrutinized

French National Assembly votes to ban all single-use plastics by 2040; seen as ‘far too late’ by many environmental advocates, criticized as being not ambitious enough

ECHA committees adopt opinions on DMF, siloxanes

European Chemicals Agency committees for socio-economic analysis (SEAC) and risk assessment (RAC) adopt final opinions on restriction proposals for DMF, D4, D5, D6; opinions to be made publicly available soon