Rethinking chemical safety testing

Nature commentary discusses three approaches towards safer chemicals and products: Standardized chemical safety tests, testing finished products, and publicly disclosing test results

Reports on EFSA food safety conference

Special issue of EFSA Journal summarizes outcomes of EFSA’s 2nd scientific conference on food safety that took place on October 14-16, 2015 in Milan, Italy

EFSA EREN: Annual report 2015

EFSA publishes 2015 annual report of Emerging Risks Exchange network (EREN); 13 emerging issues discussed; most issues classify as chemical hazards and refer to increased exposures

Inventory list for printed paper and board FCMs

Scientists compile inventory list of chemicals used in printed paper and board FCMs; 1,769 single substances are non-evaluated for their toxicity; of these, 19 substances with actual use confirmed by FACET are included in ECHA’s lists for substances of concern

Plastic pollution and human health

Scientists argue that plastic debris is not merely an environmental, but also a human health problem; particle toxicity, chemical toxicity, and pathogen spreading issues are discussed

Evidence evaluation in risk assessment: Detailed guidance needed

Weight-of-evidence evaluation and systematic review methods are promoted in most chemical risk assessment frameworks in the EU, but clear guidance is lacking; scientists suggest joint guidance development by EU agencies dealing with chemicals

Are ‘safe levels’ safe?

Article questions effectiveness of current chemical risk assessment in protecting public health; explains non-monotonic dose response and why it should be considered in assessing chemicals’ toxicity

Migration testing of adhesives

Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry (FEICA) releases guidance on migration testing of adhesives in non-plastic food contact materials

Epigenetics in risk assessment

Current state of epigenetics science and potential integration of epigenetic effects into risk assessment discussed at EFSA colloquium

Are BPA analogues safe?

Scientists review data on exposure to and toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA) analogues BPAF, BPB, BPF, and BPS; highlight similar actions and increasing environmental presence of alternatives; call for comprehensive comparative analysis