FPF Workshop 2019: Doubt is their product

David Michaels explains how ‘manufactured scientific uncertainty’ is used to delay regulatory actions on harmful products

FPF Workshop 2019: Perspectives on innovations

Innovations improving the safety of food contact articles discussed during afternoon session; panel with guests from academia, non-profit organizations, start-ups and industry

Using high-throughput screening data in FCM assessment

ILSI North America publishes case studies comparing U.S. EPA in vitro ToxCast data with in vivo toxicity data for food contact chemicals, identifies potential as well as challenges integrating high-throughput screening data into safety assessments

7th International Symposium on Food Packaging

ILSI Europe to host conference on November 18-20, 2020 in Barcelona; topics include advancement in analytical techniques, toxicity prediction, risk assessment, FCMs in circular economy; abstracts now being accepted for presentations

Summary of responses to EU FCM consultation

EU Commission publishes factual summaries of public consultation and SME panel survey on FCM regulation in the EU

U.S. EPA considers phthalate risk evaluations

Agency requested by industry to conduct risk evaluations on DINP and DIDP; NGOs criticize request as attempt to block state action; public comment on the matter open until October 3, 2019

Discussions on uncertainty in risk analysis

EFSA publishes event report on the International Conference on Uncertainty in Risk Analysis held in February 2019; main conclusions drawn from conference focus on advocating training, scientists’ ethical responsibility, actively avoiding undetected uncertainty sources

TSCA evaluation of 1,4-dioxane criticized

Comments on draft risk evaluation question cancer hazard assessment; pending study raises concern for stakeholders regarding transparency; comments being accepted until August 30, 2019

Infographic on U.S. agency chemical assessments

Developed infographic provides overview of chemical evaluations and assessments within U.S. federal agencies, contains weblinks to key legislation and regulatory steps

EFSA recycling plastics group: 6th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel’s working group on recycling plastics 2018-2021 continues discussing draft scientific opinions on several plastic recycling processes; minutes of the 6th meeting now available online