Safety assessment: TiO2 fluoride alumina

European Food Safety Authority publishes safety assessment of titanium dioxide surface treated with fluoride-modified alumina, finds no safety concerns for intended use in food contact polymers

First World Food Safety Day

Celebrating the first ever World Food Safety Day, EFSA publishes results of EU consumer survey on food safety, BfR holds event on microplastics

EFSA guidance on using TTC

EFSA publishes guidance on using the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) approach in food safety assessment

Framework for polymer risk assessment

ECETOC publishes conceptual framework for risk assessment of polymers; considers polymer diversity, presence of intentionally and non-intentionally added substances

Responses to EU FCM consultation

Stakeholders urge equal treatment of SVHCs in REACH and FCM legislation, 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