EFSA: Communicating uncertainty

European Food Safety Authority publishes guidance on communicating uncertainty to complement previously published guidance on uncertainty analysis in scientific assessments

Health risks of chemicals in consumer products

Review article concludes that peer-reviewed literature on chemicals and health tends to focus on already-known chemicals and lacks predictive power; authors call for more explorative research given the multitude of little-studied chemicals

EU statement on emerging health issues

EU Commission’s Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks publishes statement and position paper on emerging health and environmental issues

ECHA’s plan for substitution activities in 2019

European Chemical Agency plans to hold several substitution-related events, demonstrate alternatives analyses, publish alternatives data from authorization applications, update substitution strategy

Review of NIAS analytics in paper FCMs

Scientists review sources of non-intentionally added substances in paper and board food contact materials, discuss migration studies, analytical approaches, research needs

Managing chemicals in plastic packaging

Research project demonstrates lack of transparency on chemicals in plastic packaging, identifies phthalates as urgent substitution candidates; non-intentionally added substances pose unique assessment challenges

BfR summer academy on food safety

8th BfR summer academy to focus on risk assessment and risk communication in area of food safety in August 2019

EFSA opinion on PFOA and PFOS in food

EFSA scientific opinion suggests revision of tolerable intake values for two perfluoroalkyl substances

Food contact chemicals in life cycle assessment

Scientists present life cycle impact assessment method to include human exposure to chemicals in food packaging, discuss trade-offs, interpretation, data needs, consideration of additional toxicity concerns

Phthalates in bottled water

Review of 5 phthalates’ concentrations found in bottled water across 21 countries; measured concentrations ‘not a serious concern’ for public health, but ‘significant’ estrogenic effects possible