Save the date: FPF workshop October 6-8, 2021

Food Packaging Forum’s 2021 workshop to take place virtually in three sessions on October 6th, 7 th, and 8th, 2021; expert talks and discussion sessions to focus on understanding different perspectives and working together to make food contact materials safer; registration now open

FPF launches webinar series on EU chemicals strategy

First webinar on March 18, 2021, within Food Packaging Forum’s (FPF) webinar series on challenges and opportunities for food contact materials within the EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability; will feature two expert talks on hazardous chemicals and on a history of safe and sustainable chemistry to support implementation of the strategy; registration open and free

EC considers full revision of existing FCM legislation

European Commission (EC) policy officer discusses benefits of revising Article 3 of existing food contact material (FCM) Regulation 1935/2004, suggests this would ensure ‘future-proof’ legislation; alternative approaches being considered based on amending existing legislation; considers fee for chemical assessment and market surveillance

IPCP calls for global science-policy body on chemicals

Academic scientists from the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) publish article in journal Science, call for creation of new global science-policy body to address pollution from chemicals and waste; new body to provide scientific basis for international and national action via authoritative assessments, identifying emerging concerns, connecting policy makers to scientists

ECHA: Chemical grouping accelerates evaluation process

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reports grouping of similar chemicals supports faster assessment; in 2020 agency screened 1900 substances, conducted 271 compliance checks, adopted 18 substances evaluation decisions

China approves six food contact substances

National Health Commission announces approval of two additives, three additives with expanded scope, one new food contact resin

Washington state publishes updates on PFAS, draft criteria

Department of Ecology for the US state of Washington publishes alternatives assessment for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging, identifies alternatives for four packaging types; restrictions will come into force early 2023; working draft criteria defining “safer” and “feasible and available” for alternative assessments released for public comment

Maine FCC priority list open for comments

Maine Department of Environmental Protection publishes list of ten food contact chemicals (FCCs) of high concern, follows state’s Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging legislation; includes bisphenols, parabens, benzophenone, 4-octyl phenol, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, toluene, styrene, benzene methylenedianiline, nonylphenol; open for comments until March 10, 2021

California proposes regulating PFAS as single class

US state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control proposes regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as single class under Safer Consumer Products Framework, approach based on environmental persistence; could help other regulatory agencies, be applied to other complex compound classes such as microplastics

US states consider recycled content requirements

Bills proposed in state legislatures include varied recycled content and recovery requirements for different packaging types, follow California’s adopted requirement for 50% recycled content in plastic bottles by 2030