Dear Reader,

Packaging printers are getting excited. German Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture Christian Schmidt announced the new

Regulation on Printing Inks last week (click here, in German).

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/finanzen/meine-finanzen/geld-ausgeben/nachrichten/ernaehrungsminister-schmidt-warnt-pappteller-enthalten-oft-giftige-substanzen-13091970.html

The Regulation bears several innovations. For example there will be a Declaration of Conformity on printed designs.  This document is based on the rules laid down for the Plastic Regulation (EU) 10/2011 and must be made available to the packer for every single design.

This means new challenges for printing shops.

Editor’s Comment: EFSA is extending the timeline for the evaluation of BPA.

 

Read EFSA:

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is extending the timeline to complete its full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the end of 2014. This will give EFSA’s scientists sufficient time to assess the high number of comments submitted during the public consultation on its safety evaluation of the chemical.

In January 2014, EFSA asked stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the second part of its draft opinion on the human health risks of BPA. The Authority received almost 250 responses during the two-month consultation and considers it essential that it has a full understanding of these comments before finalising its risk assessment of BPA.

Editor’s Comment: Please find below some interesting news concerning the compliance of packaging material.

Frequently Asked Questions on bisphenol A in consumer products – an info by German BfR:
Bisphenol A

REACh – Triclosan may become SVHC substance reports The Food Packaging Forum (FPF):
Triclosan

2014 Workshop: Hazardous chemicals in food contact materials (FCMs) by FPF:
2014-workshop

Silicon dioxide backed by EFSA as food contact material. A Food Production Daily report:
CEF-opinion-on-Silicon-dioxide

Lawsuit in U.S. over DiNP listing as hazardous substance said FPF:
Lawsuit-over-DiNP

PEs vs Biodegradable Polymers – Processing Challenges and Constraints – an info by Flexible packaging US:
Pes-vs-biodegradable-polymers

Editor’s Comment: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added new materials to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under REACh: cadmium chloride (CAS 10108-64-2), sodium perborate (PBS; CAS 7632-04-4), sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt (no CAS number) and dihexyl phthalate (CAS 68515-50-4). Sodium perborate und dihexyl phthalate could be used e.g. in adhesives for lamination.

Sources: http://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table

http://www.foodpackagingforum.org/News/New-substances-of-very-high-concern

Editor’s Comment: ‘Time and time again we hear reports about ingredients used in packaging materials migrate into the comestible contents. Frequent causes include printing inks on labels or the use of contaminated waste paper…” Read on about adhesive producer Henkel’ initative at:

Editor’s Comment: The German BfR has published its Annual Report 2012. The topics include the role of the BfR the health assessment of mineral oil residues in foods. These are generally undesired, but did not mean a threat to human health in Germany late 2012. Please read more in the excerpt below.

 

Editor’s Comment: Food Safety is one of the areas the U.S. and the EU agreed on to remove unnecessary standards and regulation in order to lower trade barriers. Read more on JRC’s publication below.

To help reach the goal of having compatible standards across both sides of the Atlantic, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Wednesday 17 July agreed to expand their current scientific co-operation to 10 different areas. The JRC-NIST Implementing Arrangement is particularly relevant in the light of the currently negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Editor’s Comment: The adhesive manufacturer Henkel issued a white paper dealing with the issue of Non Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) in the analytical testing of laminates. The company states that food contact material safety is one of their top priorities.

Learn more here: http://www.henkel.com/food-packaging-news-37854-whitepaper-analysis-of-non-intentionally-added-substances-42153.htm

Editor’s Comment: A new study is linking exposure to chemicals with socioeconomic status. It says that the poor have a higher risk. Please read more in the recent report of the Food Packaging Forum as mentioned below.

Source: http://www.foodpackagingforum.org/News/Food-contact-chemical-burden-linked-to-wealth

Editor’s Comment: Please check out this innovative website designed by scientists. It covers news and expert judgements on current issues all around packaging. Their funding should be independent from the published material and they openly publish the names of their donators.

http://www.foodpackagingforum.org/