Responses to EU FCM consultation

Stakeholders urge equal treatment of SVHCs in REACH and FCM legislations, call for more harmonized FCM measures

France bans TiO2 in food

France bans titanium dioxide in food by 2020 following report by ANSES reiterating 2017 recommendation to reduce exposures; EFSA does not see need to open reassessment at the moment

Risk evaluation of RASFF notifications

EFSA proposes methodology for evaluating risks posed by food contaminants detected in RASFF, addresses toxicological properties and dietary exposure, develops Rapid Assessment of Contaminant Exposure (RACE) tool

Broader authorization for PHBH

EU Commission notifies next amendment to Regulation (EU) 10/2011 to extend authorization conditions for poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate to be used in manufacturing plastics for contact with all foods

Plastics and climate change

CIEL report highlights plastics’ contribution to climate change, urges global ban on single-use plastics

FDA updating FCM risk assessment

ILSI North America holds first public food packaging conference; several FDA speakers shared updates from ongoing work in pre- and post-market FCM risk assessment

Panel on value judgements in science

Special session during annual SETAC EU meeting to discuss the role of ‘philosophical positions and values’ in science judgements; focus on risk assessment of pesticides and food contact materials as current ‘hot’ topics

FDA guidance for infant food FCMs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration releases guidance for preparation of food contact notifications for substances in contact with formula or milk

EFSA: Safety of ‘Alimpet’ and ‘Texplast’ processes

EFSA’s CEP Panel considers PET recycled through ‘Alimpet’ or ‘Texplast’ processes to be safe for use in food contact applications not involving heating in microwave or conventional ovens

Recent efforts to assess nanomaterials

EU and U.S. projects and collaborations focus on nanotechnology; prioritize joint research areas, develop categorization scheme, review gaps in existing nanotoxicology research, aim to establish criteria for efficient risk assessment