France bans TiO2 in food

France bans titanium dioxide in food by 2020 following report by ANSES reiterating 2017 recommendation to reduce exposures; EFSA does not see need to open reassessment at the moment

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

Recycled plastics in food contact applications

Smithers Pira publishes white paper discussing use of recycled plastics in food contact applications

JRC: 2018 report on alternatives to animal testing

Joint Research Centre publishes annual 2018 report on ‘recent achievements and future plans’ in the field of development and regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches to animal testing

Testing for developmental neurotoxicity

Special issue of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology features 18 articles discussing alternative (non-animal) methods for assessing chemicals’ potential to harm neurodevelopment in children

Health risks of chemicals in consumer products

Review article concludes that peer-reviewed literature on chemicals and health tends to focus on already-known chemicals and lacks predictive power; authors call for more explorative research given the multitude of little-studied chemicals

EFSA: Genotoxicity of mixtures

European Food Safety Authority publishes statement on genotoxicity assessment of chemical mixtures

Review of NIAS analytics in paper FCMs

Scientists review sources of non-intentionally added substances in paper and board food contact materials, discuss migration studies, analytical approaches, research needs

Toxic effects of MOSH exposure

Dietary exposure of rats to mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) fractions similar to those accumulating in humans causes increase of liver and spleen weights; clinical significance needs further investigation

Science and practice of mixture assessment

Scientific means to assess chemical mixtures are available, but regulatory application lags behind due to practical challenges and lack of legal mandates