Consumer organization’s position paper, survey on FCMs

German consumer organization publishes position paper; identifies fragmentations, holes in current EU regulations on food contact materials (FCMs); critical of limited supply chain transparency, enforcement of chemicals in FCMs by authorities; calls for banning harmful substances, introducing strict positive lists; survey of 1,000 consumers finds most are not well informed about food packaging labelling, proper use

Guide for assessing health risks

German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes guideline for assessment of health risks, outlining adopted procedures; transparency on risk assessment is crucial component of risk communication

Report reviews US policies for chemicals transparency

Civil society organizations publish report summarizing existing government policies across US states for disclosing information about chemical ingredients in consumer products

Food packaging fact sheet now in 18 languages

Food Packaging Forum translates its fact sheet on food packaging and human health into 18 different languages, provides introductory overview of chemicals in food packaging; pdfs available for download in all languages

FPF Workshop 2019: FPF year in review

Thomas Backhaus reviews the Food Packaging Forum’s work in 2019; includes organization and participation in conferences and webinars, scientific projects finalized and launched

FPF Workshop 2019: Doubt is their product

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

Proceedings of EFSA conference 2018

Proceedings of European Food Safety Authority’s 3rd scientific conference held in September 2018 now published

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

2019 ILSI symposium on food packaging

Southeast Asia Region of ILSI announces symposium on scientific development of food packaging; event will be held on September 24-25, 2019, in Penang, Malaysia

Key chemicals of concern in food packaging

Environmental Defense Fund publishes list of key chemicals of concern in food packaging and food handling equipment