CLARITY-BPA: Update and critical voices

HuffPost article addresses draft CLARITY-BPA report, various approaches to toxicity testing by regulatory and academic scientists, impact on future chemical risk assessments

Safety assessment of biodegradable polymer

EFSA deems poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate) safe for use in food contact materials for dry or solid food

Food additives and child health

Policy statement and technical report by American Academy of Pediatrics describe child health effects of direct and indirect food additives, provide recommendations for reducing exposures, call for revision of food additives regulation in the U.S.

Call for stronger regulation on chemical mixtures

Scientists call for stronger regulation and better integration of different legislations in order to improve assessment of chemical mixtures’ risks

Chemicals associated with plastic packaging

Study compiles database of chemicals associated with plastic packaging (CPPdb); at least 148 substances highly hazardous, many untested or unknown

EFSA updates OpenFoodTox database

European Food Safety Authority updates its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards with more chemicals and health-based guidance values, improves interface to facilitate data exploration

Computational method outperforms animal tests

Predictions of acute health hazards by ‘data fusion’ read-across structure activity relationship (RASAR) modeling reported to be more reproducible than animal testing data

EFSA evaluates Gneuss recycling for PET

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers PET made from Gneuss recycling processes safe for use in food contact articles intended ‘for long-term storage at room temperature with all types of food stuffs’; trays made of this recycled PET not to be used in microwave or conventional oven

Call for reducing MOH in foods

Scientist reviews existing toxicological assessments of mineral oil hydrocarbons in foods, calls for lowering acceptable intake levels and phasing out use in food and food contact applications

Prioritization of NIAS for risk assessment

Scientists propose strategy to prioritize non-intentionally added substances detected by non-targeted screening in paperboard FCMs for risk assessment based on exposure estimates and in silico predictions of toxicity