EU parliament approves food law revisions

EU Parliament votes to approve revisions to the EU’s General Food Law; next step for Council of Ministers to formally approve text before entering into force

Canadian draft screening assessments

Two draft screening assessments by the Canadian government find no risk at current exposure levels for 24 substances, including 10 food contact chemicals

ECHA report maps chemical universe

First Integrated Regulatory Strategy report allocates registered chemicals into four pools; calls for optimizing data generation, reviewing still pending follow-up actions, improving quality of registration information

Japan identifies priority assessment substances

Ministries in Japan announce 15 new substances as priority assessment substances, 6 of which known to be used in food contact materials; requires annual reporting for import and manufacture

Challenges and developments in plastic converter industry

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2019 discusses use of the mutual recognition principle, improved supply chain communication, analysis of non-intentionally added substances, and regulation of recycling for plastic FCMs

CHEM Trust: principles for EU FCM regulation

Non-governmental organization outlines five key principles to improve future regulation of food contact materials in the EU; aims to inform ongoing public consultation

UK keeps FCM legislation in no-deal Brexit

United Kingdom’s Parliament passes legislation to regulate food contact materials in case no deal is reached with the EU; copies current EU legislation with potential future trade impacts if EU laws further develop

NGO recommends REACH improvements

European Environmental Bureau publishes report reviewing the achievements, challenges, and recommendations following a decade of the EU’s chemical regulation REACH; calls for timely risk management of evaluated substances, improved transparency, and expanded registration checks

KH reviews developments in Chinese regulations

Law firm Keller and Heckman LLP publishes summary of updates in Chinese regulations affecting food packaging; release of further regulations and standards expected in 2019

Stakeholders aim for transparency in products

Governmental, non-governmental, and industry stakeholders launch two partnerships to help harmonize chemical regulations and reporting of chemicals along supply chain