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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.

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). 

UPDATED: ConAgra, Nestlé and GMA respond

BPA substitutes in canned food ‘not clear’ - EWG

Many companies that have stopped using bisphenol A (BPA) in canned food did not reveal what they are using instead, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Post-consumer PET recycling processes evaluated

A panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has backed two processes used to recycle post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials.

FCM opinion prompts recommendation to reconsider migration limit for zinc

A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel has recommended the EU Commission reconsider the Specific Migration Limit (SML) for zinc after evaluating a food contact material (FCM) application.

NAMPA and ACC hit out at BPA decision

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) have slammed a decision by a Californian committee to list bisphenol A (BPA) on Proposition 65.

200 scientists sign consensus asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out

Over 200 scientists from 38 countries have signed a consensus statement asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out, according to The Green Science Policy Institute.

Clondalkin creates packaging to stop migration of mineral oil – but is it enough?

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Wentus has developed two barrier films WSL 343040 and WSL 143031, for dry food products that it claims stops the migration of mineral oils from the outer...

Sensor developed to improve BPA detection

A fluorescence sensor has been developed to improve detection of bisphenol A (BPA).

France demands EU ban on BPA in thermal paper

The French Government has proposed an EU-wide ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper, according to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

European Commission to consider 700 chemicals for endocrine disrupting status

The European Commission is to look at 700 chemicals to predict whether they could be considered as endocrine disruptors.

News in brief

Senators want mandatory BPA labelling

Two US senators have introduced an act that would require food packaging to be labelled if it contains Bisphenol A (BPA).

Food Packaging Migration forum highlights study where coriander is a source of phthalates

Tom Neltner independent attorney, formerly the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has called for a ‘systematic regulatory way’ of getting what is used in food under control after a...

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