Performance of in silico models for mutagenicity

Scientists evaluate performance of four in silico models to predict mutagenicity of food contact chemicals; applicability domain important, sensitivity for new substances poor

JRC’s policy brief on mixtures

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre publishes policy brief on approaches to ensure chemical mixtures’ safety; current JRC research on mixtures focuses on interaction effects, links to diseases, use of biomonitoring in exposure assessment

Review on mineral oil hydrocarbons in food

Scientific review summarizes publications on mineral oil hydrocarbons in food until 2010, calls for systematic investigation of contamination sources, matching TDI levels for contamination and industrial applications

Many unknowns about biodegradable plastics

New scientific review points out shortcomings in biodegradability standards for plastics; lack of toxicity testing; no account for effects of plastic additives, microplastics formation

FPF Workshop 2018: Registration open!

Event program and registration for Food Packaging Forum’s 6th annual workshop of October 4, 2018 now online; live webcast available; register before September 27, 2018

IARC: Styrene ‘probably carcinogenic’

International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes that styrene and styrene-6,8-oxide are ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’

Plastic packaging industry discusses current challenges

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2018 addresses EU plastics strategy, bioassays, Chinese FCM legislation, developments in EU FCM regulations

Use of omics in risk assessment

EFSA colloquium addresses use of omics in risk assessment of biological and chemical hazards in the food chain; omics approaches promising but further improvements needed to enable broader application

Nanoparticles may affect gut function

New study finds zinc nanoparticles used in food can coatings to negatively affect intestinal functions such as nutrient absorption, iron and glucose transport

FPF webinar on reprotoxic food contact chemicals: Proceedings online

Food Packaging Forum held webinar on food contact chemical surfynol and its reprotoxic properties on March 27, 2018; video recording and presentation slides now available