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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.

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...

ANSES: Reheating food packaging at exceedingly high temperatures increases the risk of substance migration

A study on food packaging that can be heated in conventional ovens, microwaves or by steam has found while the migration of substances from the packaging to the food is...

EDC exposure ‘costs EU €157bn annually’

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) likely costs the European Union €157bn a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a series of studies.

BPF blasts ‘misleading’ report that claims ‘packaging chemicals are not controlled’

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has blasted a report by author Joanna Blythman who claims chemicals linked to health concerns, such as formaldehyde and propylparaben, are routinely and legally used...

DVFA: No basis for BPA legal action

There is no basis for individual legal action on BPA according to The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) after researchers in the country said the safe level recommended by...

Packaging Innovations 2015

Nestlé to develop its guidance note on packaging adhesives

Nestlé is looking to develop its guidance note on packaging adhesives for suppliers this year.

CEF panel approves EGDP in plastics with conditions

An application to use a processing aid in plastics has been backed under certain conditions according to a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

In the EU several phthalates are considered Substances of Very High Concern under REACH

Tests show plastic packaging can affect baby boy’s genitals before birth

Certain types of chemicals called phthalates found in plastics may alter baby boys’ genitals before birth, according to a study in the Reproductive Health Journal.

Arkema FCM application backed by EFSA

Arkema’s application to use a copolymer in nanoform does not pose a consumer risk according to a panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  

EU Commission urged to act on French BPA ban

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) has joined calls for the European Commission to challenge the French ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) following the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) backing of...

Evonik FCM receives EFSA green light

A substance intended for use in food contact materials (FCM) has been backed by a panel of The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Breast Cancer UK, Chem Trust, ANSES, BPF, FDF, ACC, PlasticsEurope and others

BPA safe verdict prompts wide response

Reaction to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) decision that bisphenol A (BPA) does not pose a health risk at currently exposed levels has been flooding in.

Innovia Films launches first BOPP film that protects against mineral oil

Innovia Films has launched its first BOPP film called Propafilm RCU, proven to provide up to 1.5 years protection from mineral oil migration.

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

‘A synthetic material that does not leak ingredients of some sort does not exist’

Engineers develop plasma-based coating that makes plastics less permeable

A team of engineers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany, has developed a plasma-based coating for packaging.

ECHA has launched a public consultation on the report running until June

Germany and Norway propose PFOA restriction

Germany and Norway have proposed a restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts in concentrations equal to or greater than 2 parts per billion (PPB).

Review of the Year 2014

From Frito-Lay being granted a US patent for reduced oil potato chip processing to Tyson recalling 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets and researchers finding migration of ink components on the...

News in brief

EFSA to reveal BPA opinion in January 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) in January 2015.

BPA link to increased blood pressure ‘sensationalist’ - CAS

Findings that drinking or eating from cans lined with Bisphenol A (BPA) could raise blood pressure are “sensationalist”, according to the Center for Accountability in Science (CAS).

US FDA updates its website on latest BPA safety findings

‘No information to change current BPA exposure guidelines’

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has updated its website to reflect the findings of its latest assessment on Bispenol A (BPA), claiming an adequate margin of safety exists...

VTT developing green alternative for polystyrene

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from PLA (polylactide) bioplastic.

Researchers find migration of ink components on the inside of packaging

Researchers from the Spanish University of Zaragoza have carried out a PCA (Principal Component Analysis) on inks commonly used in food packaging materials and the migration of ink components to...

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.

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