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BPA & food contact materials

BPA & food contact materials

The chemical is used in certain packaging materials such as polycarbonate baby bottles and is also used in epoxy resins for internal protective linings for canned foods. Concerns have arisen over BPA since it has been found to migrate in small amounts into foods and beverages stored in containers and some studies indicated that high levels of the chemical could be carcinogenic.

6 NGOs file lawsuit against US FDA over perchlorate in plastic packaging

Six public health and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a petition restricting the use of perchlorate in food packaging.

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company non-BPA liners for cans

‘Significant progression’ as Del Monte Foods converts to non-BPA packaging

Hot on the heels of Campbell Soup Company’s announcement that it is switching to BPA-free lined cans by 2017, Del Monte Foods, has revealed this week it is converting to...

Campbell Soup Company BPA Reaction

‘It should not come as a surprise consumer activists are growing impatient with brands’

Comments have been flooding in from consumer groups and industry associations following the announcement that Campbell Soup Company will switch to BPA-free lined cans by 2017.

‘The transition has taken longer than anticipated’

Campbell Soup Company to switch to non-BPA lined cans in 2017

Campbell Soup Company has announced it will move to cans which do not use Bisphenol A (BPA) linings by the middle of 2017.

Stricter and expanded BPA regulation proposed in Europe

Regulation on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in Europe could be strengthened by 2017.

Opportunity knocks for Michelman following Nestlé compliance

Michelman coatings, printing & packaging has received compliance with Nestlé for its DigiPrime 4431, DigiPrime 050, DigiPrime 680, and Michem In-Line Primer 030 printers.

RIVM: BPA exposure should be reduced

European standards for Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure should be revisited, according to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

German researchers claim plasticisers in food packaging causes weight gain

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....

News in brief

Evonik constructs production plant for specialty copolyester

Evonik Industries is building a production plant for specialty copolyesters, at its Witten site, in Germany, scheduled for completion in 2018.

Food contact substances banned as industry says they are no longer used

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned three perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) that industry says are no longer manufactured anyway.

News in brief

Arabian Can Industry joins Empac

Arabian Can Industry has joined Empac, European Metal Packaging association as its second international associate member.

EU Commission evaluating options to legislate BPA in packaging

The European Commission will propose new regulations on bisphenol A (BPA) next year due to uncertainty created by individual Member State laws and negative effect on consumer confidence.

More than 3bn cans will have used coating by end of 2015 – PPG

More than three billion food cans will have used Nutrishield Solista spray coatings by the end of 2015, according to PPG Industries' packaging coatings’ business.

Consultation on BPA and PFOA restriction

Two draft opinions proposing restrictions on Bisphenol A and PFOA use have been opened to comments.

CEF clears BASF FCM safety evaluation request

A panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the all-clear after BASF requested the safety of a food contact material (FCM).

EFSA panel evaluates Addivant’s substance re-evaluation request

Addivant’s request to re-evaluate the migration limit of a substance for use in food contact materials has been approved by a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

ACC: Endocrine Society statement ‘disregards state of science’

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has said the Endocrine Society’s claims of evidence tying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to diabetes and obesity risks ‘disregards the state of science’.

Research shows trace amounts of toxic substances in plastic don’t contaminate F&B products

Trace amounts of toxic substances used to make plastics don’t contaminate the food or beverage products they contain at a significant level and pose no immediate threat to consumers, according...

Co-authors include Nestle, Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak

ILSI Europe launches guidance on best practices on the risk assessment of NIAS in food contact materials

A clear description of what NIAS (Non Intentionally Added Substances) are and how the risk assessment should be performed for the many different types of NIAS that exist is missing,...

ConAgra Foods removes BPA from all its US and Canada cans but critics ask if the alternative will be ‘safe’

ConAgra Foods claims it has removed Bisphenol A (BPA) from all of its cans sold in the US and Canada but this does not include those that are imported from...

US FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to support 8,000 FSIS frontline inspection personnel for meat, poultry, and egg products

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are two of the services to receive funding in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill in Washington,...

Solvay Specialty Polymers request to expand MVE use approved

Solvay’s application to expand use of MVE to manufacture fluoro- and perfluoropolymers has been backed by a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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CHEM Trust joins NGOs to highlight the importance of REACH to the Circular Economy

The debate on the ‘Circular Economy’ is hotting up, as the Juncker Commission tries to work out what changes it is going to make to the existing proposal to make...

French BPA ban referred to Constitutional Court

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the Conseil d´État’s decision to refer the case around the French law suspending the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials to the Constitutional Court....

Norden: No regulation for metals & alloys in FCMs apart from Regulation (EU) No 1935/2004

Metals and alloys in food contact materials have no ‘detailed regulation’

The Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) has published a guidance document on metals and alloys used in food contact materials (FCMs). 

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