Safety of ‘Jász‐Plasztik’ recycling process

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers PET made by recycling process ‘Jász‐Plasztik’ safe for up to 100% use in food contact materials and articles under specified conditions

Faster action on EU EDC strategy needed

EU environment ministers urge Commission to speed up action on EU-wide endocrine disruptor strategy to tackle toys, cosmetics, food contact materials; clearly defined timelines requested; fitness check of relevant EU laws addressing EDCs to be launched next

Safer materials for food packaging

Report by venture capital fund Safer Made identifies innovation needs for safer food packaging, aims to connect companies and investors

EFSA BPA re-evaluation: 6th and 7th meetings

EFSA CEP Panel publishes minutes of the 6th and 7th meetings of its Working Group on BPA safety reevaluation; experts discuss appraisal methodology and scoring schemes, identify need for additional WG members to tackle reprotoxicity and neurotoxicity assessment

Uncertainty in EDC risk assessments

New report by the Danish Centre on Endocrine Disruptors provides recommendations for better considering uncertainties in risk assessment of EDCs; suggests using additional uncertainty factors and non-threshold approach

EFSA: updated opinion on FCM phthalates

Updated draft scientific opinion on risk assessment of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, and DIDP in food contact materials published; webinar to be held on March 15 and public consultation open until April 14

EFSA FCM working group: 3rd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials holds 3rd meeting; minutes now available online

Conference on uncertainty in risk analysis

EFSA and BfR to hold “International Conference on Uncertainty in Risk Analysis” on February 21-22, 2019 in Berlin; focus on challenges and advances in assessing, managing, and communicating uncertainty

Too little regulatory follow-up in REACH

Report by NGO European Environmental Bureau finds over 70% of substances with completed REACH evaluations demonstrating concern for human health or the environment have not yet received any regulatory follow-up to manage risks

Call to invest in cancer prevention

Laura Vandenberg comments on the 2019 State of the Union address by President Trump, points out the need for research and prevention programs focused on the role of environmental exposures in cancer