FCMs, gut health and risk assessment

New scientific article reviews food contact chemicals’ effects on gut permeability, microbiota, and immune responses; scientific justification for risk assessment assumptions questioned

EU assesses chemicals of potential concern

European Member States assess risk management options for BPA and other substances relevant for food contact materials

Utility of bioassays in safety assessment

Scientists demonstrate utility of bioassays in FCM safety assessment using 4-nonylphenol (4NP) as model substance; 4NP levels detected by bioassays considered relevant for safety assessment

New EFSA guidance documents for scientific assessments

EFSA’s Scientific Committee publishes new guidance on biological relevance of data and weight of evidence approach in scientific assessments

EFSA: Public consultation on genotoxicity

EFSA opens public consultation on draft opinion regarding genotoxicity evaluation of chemicals in food and feed; comments to be submitted by September 6, 2017

EC’s proposal for regulating printed FCMs

EU Commission publishes proposal for new regulatory approach for Union measure on printed FCMs, discussed during May 2017 meeting of working group on FCMs with Member States

Contaminants in food

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes special issue on contaminants in food; groups and origins of contaminants, risk perception and exposure estimation covered

Final TSCA framework rules published

U.S. EPA issues final rules on prioritization, risk evaluation, and inventory of chemicals under revised TSCA; scope of risk assessment for first 10 high-priority substances defined

Children significantly exposed to EDCs and neurotoxins

Danish EPA assesses risk of young and unborn children’s exposure to endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins; phthalates, bisphenol A, and lead identified among most critical substances

Focus on persistent and mobile chemicals

Scientists call for more research and regulation regarding ‘mobile’ chemicals, as these pose high risk to aquatic environment and drinking water quality