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

South Korea to assess 60 hazardous substances

Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announces plan to assess 60 hazardous substances by 2020; broad range of substances could be selected, including those in food packaging

Webinar on applying read-across for PFAS

California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to host webinar on understanding and applying read-across, with a special focus on fluorinated substances

Canadian draft screening assessments

Two draft screening assessments by the Canadian government find no risk at current exposure levels for 24 substances, including 10 food contact chemicals

U.S. NGO requests ‘moratorium’ on new PFAS

U.S. NGO Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) calls on Congress to halt the introduction of new per- and polyfluoalkyl substances on the market until more is known about their toxicity and persistence; calls for more studies of cancer risks