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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.

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.

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...

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