The European Commission has initiated a process to update EU laws governing chemicals in food contact materials (FCM). “The EU’s FCM laws are outdated and ineffective in protecting people and the environment,” according to one lobby group.
Food businesses must comply with various European and national legislation governing packaging and other food contact materials. Hazel O’Keeffe, partner at Keller and Heckman, provides a rundown of the rules on the EU food-contact Declaration of Compliance...
Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, claim plasticisers (phthalates) can cause weight gain.
A call not to forget chromatography when it comes to analysis and work to analyse possible migration of substances in and out of food contact materials were the highlights of the final day of an international event.
Smithers Pira will discuss the Plastics Implementation Measure and the Dutch draft guidance on risk assessment of NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances), at the Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs, in Munich, Germany December 2-5.
The tolerable daily intake (TDI) for phenol has been cut to 0.5 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) body weight (bw) per day from 1.5mg/kg bw/day, according to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific opinion.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call to tender to secure contractors for technical summary documents needed for its CEF panel to evaluate the risks of migration of substances into food from food contact materials.
A new risk management tool for flavouring substances, additives and food contact materials is due to be completed in the coming weeks, drawing together data on food chemical occurrence, concentration and food intake, says Dr Tracy McCrorie of the University...
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has been urged to step-up its food contact material controls, after a review found major “shortcomings” in its compliance with European Economic Area (EEA) legislation.
French concerns over bisphenol A (BPA) have not been dispelled in the wake of the opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the chemical poses no health risk through dietary exposure, said France’s food safety agency.
Food contact materials are an underestimated source of chemical contaminants and a “potentially relevant route of human exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC)” such as bisphenol A (BPA), according to new research.
A new method can detect the presence of the chemical 4-Methylbenzophenone (4-MBP) in food packaging in 24 hours, thus ensuring food manufacturers and packaging companies can avoid supply chain problems, claims Intertek.
The European Food Safety Authority has concluded its assessment of the potential risks of nanotechnologies for food and feed, stating that a cautious, case-by-case approach is needed as many uncertainties remain over its safe use.
Migration of a chemical from external cereal cardboard packaging into the food has prompted the European Commission to request a risk assessment on the substance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued positive
scientific opinions on another batch of 10 packaging substances,
part of an EU-wide effort to prevent the chemicals from
Imminent changes to EU law could result in a flood of intelligent
packaging, says Alan Reilly, acting chief executive of the Food
Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). But he warns that legislation
must ensure that new forms of packaging...
The European Commission has put forward revised regulations on
materials that come into contact with food. Among the proposed
changes is a more modern approach to the principle that packaging
materials should not interact with the...