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/

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.

Proposition 65

CHEMICAL DELISTED EFFECTIVE APRIL 19, 2013 AS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY: BISPHENOL A (BPA)
[04/19/13]

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).