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.
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.
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.
Editor’s Comment: Earlier Directives listing food additives have been replaced by the collective EU list of Commission Regulation 1129/2011. Food additives can be used as Dual Use Additives in plastic packaging as well if they are listed in Regulation (EU) 10/2011 as well. Read more below.
From 1 June 2013 the EU list of authorised food additives takes effect and previous European directives are replaced with a single regulation. The EU list – which informs food industry operators which additives can be used in food as well as how much of them and for which purposes – takes account of five years of EFSA’s scientific advice, resulting in the removal of some additives and some of their uses from the market. The new EU list further strengthens consumer protection and provides greater clarity for food operators.
Editor’s Comment: Because of an ongoing lawsuit led by industry a California superior court ruled that California must delist bisphenol a (BPA) from its Proposition 65 until the lawsuit is resolved. Proposition 65 contains substances known to cause reproductive toxicity and cancer.
CHEMICAL DELISTED EFFECTIVE APRIL 19, 2013 AS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY: BISPHENOL A (BPA)
Effective April 19, 2013, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is removing bisphenol A (BPA) (CAS No. 80-05-7) from the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65.1 The chemical was added to the list on April 11, 2013based on reproductive endpoints (developmental toxicity).
Editor’s Comment: BfR and CRD, two important health protecting institutions within Europe suggest harmonized criteria for the assessment of endocrine disruptors. Read more in BfR’s announcment below.
Appeal for harmonized scientific criteria for identification and assessment of endocrine disruptors
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the British Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) suggest a concept for human health risk assessment of endocrine disruptors
Editor’s Comment: Active substances like iron, sodium chloride, water, silica gel, activated carbon, monosodium glutamate and others have been evaluated by the European Food Safety Agency EFSA in form of a scientific opinion. Please check out the official texts as published under the link below at headline past activities / completed work.
Food contact materials applications
EFSA provides scientific advice on the safety evaluation of substances used in food contact materials (FCM) including active and intelligent materials and of the recycling processes for recycled plastics used in FCM.