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

Taiwan to identify chemicals of concern

Taiwanese Environmental Protection Agency developing screening and assessment standards for identification of substances with food safety concerns, high hazard levels, high production volumes; draft list to be released by end of 2019

TSCA evaluation of 1,4-dioxane criticized

Comments on draft risk evaluation question cancer hazard assessment; pending study raises concern for stakeholders regarding transparency; comments being accepted until August 30, 2019

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

Industry coalition backs FDA’s GRAS rule

Safe Food Ingredients Coalition advocates for court judgement supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food additive notification process; responses from plaintiffs due August 23, 2019

Australia sets national packaging targets

Targets set to be achieved by 2025; include 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging, 70% recycling or composting rate, 30% average recycled content in packaging, phasing out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging

Cepi call for EU paper and board FCM measures

Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) sees potential disadvantage for paper and board food contact materials (FCMs) from lack of harmonized legislation, calls for EU institutions to prioritize material type for legislation development

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

EU Committee comments on EDC roadmap

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) submits opinion on ongoing review of EU rules for endocrine disruptors, calls for additional research funding, precautionary principle, consistent criteria across all regulatory fields

Thailand proposes draft chemicals law

First draft describes potential structure of chemicals management in the country, mentions development of national chemicals inventory and classification of substances