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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.

News in brief

Follow-up meeting on BPA today

The full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) will be discussed by scientists with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Brussels today (April 23).

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Waters tackles substance migration of packaging materials

Packaging material manufacturers must control and monitor their product to ensure there is no risk from extractable and leachable components, said Waters.

EFSA backs Arkema FCM proposal

A safety evaluation application by Arkema for an additive in rigid PVC plastics has been backed by a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel.

Coatings protect from mineral oil residues in recycled fibres

Recycled fibres in paper packaging can contain mineral oil residues but coatings can protect foods from these substances, according to BASF.

Dispatches from Analytica 2014

Shimadzu: Flexibility vital to meeting customer demand

Shimadzu said meeting customer demand for food safety and quality control depends on what they want to see or know from their samples.

Potential BPA replacements ‘need more study’

Denmark’s National Food Institute (NFI) has said it considers it ‘unwise’ to replace bisphenol A (BPA) with any of five compounds it studied until more data is available.

News in brief

EFSA BPA re-evaluation delayed

The full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) has been moved to the end of 2014, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

News in brief

Meredian gets FDA Food Substance Contact approval

Meredian, a privately held biopolymer manufacturer, has received a Food Substance Contact Notification approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

BPA replacement within the ‘next few years’

A waste product from making paper could yield an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA) and be market ready in the next few years.

Canned food ups fruit and vegetable intake

The use of cans in food packaging boosts fruit and vegetable intake, increases nutritional benefits, and makes edibles safer.

ECHA backs move to strengthen BPA classification

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed a proposal to strengthen the existing harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA).

EFSA BPA opinion backed by UK group

A UK scientific committee has backed the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) draft scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA).

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FDA squelches BPA ‘low dose’ theory

Data from the Food and Drug Administration adds weight to packaging industry claims of BPA’s fitness as a food-contact material.

Henkel touts hazard and exposure balance

Risk assessment of food packaging adhesives must be a balance between hazard and exposure, according to Henkel.

FDA guidance impacts canned food firms

Suggested changes to FDA regulations on canned foods could throw processors for a loop; an expert on such draft guidances shares the ins and outs with FoodProductionDaily.

EFSA temporarily lowers BPA intake levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has temporarily lowered the tolerable daily intake (TDI) of bisphenol A (BPA) pending the outcome of US research.

Salami packaging seals shelf appeal

Building on consumer feedback, Norwegian salami purveyor Grilstad has launched a reclosable package that protects both product and brand image.

Fort Dearborn lands BRC Packaging thumbs up

Packaging producer Fort Dearborn is slated to attain BRC certification for all 12 of its label facilities this year.

Leaders of the pack: Kraft, Frito Lay top event roster

The upcoming Packaging Conference 2014 will feature senior executives from top suppliers and consumer packaged goods firms.

Funding bid for research into BPA effects on brain functions

The effect of bisphenol A (BPA) on brain function is the target of a project which has turned to a science-based funding platform to kick off the research.

FPD serves up hot industry topics in 2014

Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are some of the items FoodProductionDaily has planned for the year.

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