Declaration on nanomaterial regulation

Five European countries issue ‘Berlin Declaration’ calling to address gaps in nanomaterial regulation

Opinion: Loopholes in proposed EU laws for single-use plastics

Rethink Plastic alliance of NGOs warns that definition of single-use items is ‘too narrow,’ allowing to avoid bans or reduction measures by marketing them as reusable; NGOs deliver petition to EU Parliament ahead of vote on single-use plastics regulation on October 22, 2018

ENVI adopts EU bans on single-use plastics

EU Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee adopts draft EU directive on polluting single-use plastics and marine litter; European Parliament (EP) publishes key facts about plastic in the oceans, informs about the impact of litter and actions for reduction

FPF Workshop 2018: Perspectives on the FCM safety

Afternoon session of FPF Workshop 2018 discusses different approaches to ensuring FCM safety taken by industry, government, retailers, consumer organizations

FPF Workshop 2018: Assessing the safety of food packaging

Experts identify challenges for risk assessment and management of food contact chemicals, present toxicity tests and analytical tools for safer food packaging

New Chinese standards for inks and adhesives coming soon

China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment drafts new standards for food contact adhesives and printing inks, revises other existing standards

Vietnam tightens enforcement for FCMs

Vietnamese decree specifies fines and other actions to penalize production or import of unsafe food packaging

Draft regulation for plastic FCMs in Latin America

Argentina notifies World Trade Organization of proposed revisions to Mercosur regulation on plastics and polymeric coatings for food contact; comments accepted until November 4, 2018

Tracking action on plastic pollution

National Geographic raises awareness about the global plastic waste crisis, publishes running list of actions against plastic pollution

Risks of combined exposure to EDCs

Scientists use real-life exposure data to identify EDC mixtures associated with health outcomes, demonstrate that combined exposure to multiple EDCs results in effects not observed with single chemicals at similar levels