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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.

Pack Expo 2014: Live from the Show Floor

Packaging R&D: Dow's Pack Studios unites chemistry, physics, sensory science and psychology to optimize package development

In this exclusive video shot at Pack Expo in Chicago, we talk about Dow’s Pack Studios laboratory integrates chemistry and engineering with user experience considerations to optimize package development for...

Exclusive interview with former BPF director-general

‘Attacks on plastic products are not supported by scientific fact’

The former director general of The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has spoken out about the future of the association and the industry following his retirement.

BPA added to list of chemicals for assessment

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been added to a list of chemicals for assessment by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

100% film made from post-consumer waste

Herbold Meckesheim, in cooperation with Erema plastics recycling systems, has designed a washing plant for Poligroup which makes polyethylene films and packaging in Bulgaria.

Guest article

Mineral oil components in food and food packaging

‘Food safety is one of the key topics of the food and related industries. Paper and cardboard, for example, constitute two significant food packaging materials.

'530,000 people work for Tesco...it's like selling into Luxembourg': Paul Earnshaw

‘Packaging is a Cinderella discipline’: Tesco packaging manager

Tesco packaging manager Paul Earnshaw insists the retailer is keen to banish the perception that packaging is a Cinderella discipline given its importance in the overall consumer ‘brand experience’.

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties legally used in food packaging

175 chemicals with known hazardous properties are legally used in the production of food packaging, according to a study by the Food Packaging Forum (FPF).

‘There is a big gap in food safety - why should people trust FCMs if they don’t trust pesticides’

Consumers are buying more organic food because of a mistrust in pesticides but the irony is there are more contaminants in Food Contact Materials which they are unaware of.

Nestlé: Is there a role for in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of packaging?

Nestlé is working with ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute) Europe, the University of Parma and its in-house Chemical Food Safety Group on in silico toxicology in the safety assessment of...

Bisphenol substitutes among chemicals added to SIN List

A list of chemicals of high concern has been updated with substances added including those used in food packaging.

Food Packaging Forum: How hazardous chemicals are managed in FCMs

The Food Packaging Forum (FPF) opened its second annual workshop on hazardous chemicals in food contact materials (FCM), calling for a stronger and professional regulatory system.

Endocrine disruptor criteria aim in EC consultation

A consultation to help define criteria for endocrine disruptors has been launched by the European Commission.

Forget ‘Horsegate’ – How to avoid ‘Packaging Gate’

The ‘Horsegate’ scandal in 2013, where horsemeat was found in prepared frozen meat products and ready meals allegedly containing beef, was not a food safety but a food integrity issue...

RIVM reveals BPA overview ahead of evaluation

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has published the first part of a report into bisphenol A (BPA).

Perry-McCall partners with Meredian Bioplastics on $70m plant

Perry-McCall has partnered with Meredian Bioplastics after starting construction on a $70m manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia, US, due for completion in December this year.

News in brief

Entries are open for Alufoil’s Trophy 2015 competition

Entries are open for the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) Alufoil Trophy.

Production ‘is important in view of sanctions imposed against Russia’

Food packaging line built to ‘substitute’ Russian imports

Tasma (Tatar Sensitive Materials) has launched an $8.3m food packaging film production line in Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, to extend product storage and shelf life.

Printpack opens 203,400-square-foot packaging plant

With the opening of its expanded and updated flexible packaging plant, the company is stepping up efforts to boost efficiency.

Making contact: Vonco flexible packaging approved for food

The flexible packaging manufacturer has received the go-ahead from the American Institute of Baking for its products to be used in food-contact applications.

Polypropylene recycling process backed by CEF

A process to recycle polypropylene (PP) has been judged not to pose concern by the scientific opinion of a panel from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Legislation to ban BPA could push America backward – NAMPA

Legislation to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers could ‘push America backward in public health’, according to the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA).

Antioxidant gets FDA thumbs up for food packaging

Addivant’s WESTON 705 liquid antioxidant has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for food contact applications.

EDC exposure could be costing €31bn per year - HEAL

Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (ECDs) may be costing up to €31bn per year in the European Union (EU), according to the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

Silicon dioxide backed as food contact material

Silicon dioxide, silanated, has been authorised for use as an additive in all types of plastics as part of a re-evaluation, according to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel.

BPA and phthalate exposure revealed in pregnant Canadian women

Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalate exposure among pregnant women is comparable to or lower than what was found in a Canadian national population-based survey.