Draft CLARITY-BPA report published

U.S. National Toxicology Program releases draft report on CLARITY-BPA study; deadline for comments is April 12, 2018; meeting for peer-review scheduled for April 26, 2018

FPF webinar on reprotoxic food contact chemicals

Register now for the Food Packaging Forum’s webinar on food contact chemical surfynol and its reprotoxic properties that will be held on March 27, 2018

Current opinion on micro- and nanoplastics

Thematic journal issue on micro- and nanoplastics addresses sources, fate, human health and environmental effects, sampling methods, research needs

Alternative plasticizers adipogenic in vitro

Several alternative plasticizers used in FCMs shown to promote lipid accumulation in vitro; direct activation of PPARγ suggested as possible mechanism

Assessing risks of hydrophobic chemicals

Scientists argue that water-focused assessment schemes may misjudge risks of hydrophobic chemicals; sediments, particles, exposure through diet additionally play an important role; contribution of microplastics and nanoplastics uncertain but likely low

EFSA: Outcome of public consultation on genotoxicity evaluation

EFSA report summarizes comments received regarding genotoxicity assessment of chemicals in food and feed

Common food contact chemical causes reproductive failure

Scientists demonstrate migration and sperm-related reproductive toxicity of surfynol, a surfactant commonly used in adhesives employed in multilayer food packaging

Responses to draft EDC identification guidance

Responders to consultation on draft guidance for identification of EDCs criticize too high level of evidence required and too narrow scope

Shorter-chain PFCs may persist in human tissues

Researchers estimate internal exposure to metabolites of shorter-chain polyfluorinated compounds, demonstrate high potential for biopersistence, call for further research

In vitro tests for toxicological profiling of FCMs

In vitro assays demonstrate significant biological activity in extracts from diverse food contact articles made of paper and board; bioassays expected to become accepted tool for assessment of FCM safety