New initiative for heavy metals in ceramic, glass and enamelled table and kitchenware
On 29th May 2019, the European Commission published a roadmap for the following initiative: Food safety – heavy metals in ceramic, glass and enameled table and kitchenware.
Update on food contact organic materials based on vegetable fibers
On 29th April 2019, Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Frauds (DGCCRF) published the update of Food Contact Materials Sheet MCDA n ° 4 (V02 - 01/01/2019) “Suitability for food contact of organic materials based on vegetable fibers” (which includes “Paper and Paperboard”).
Bills on single-use packaging and PFAs
Currently, several States in the US have introduced different bills with the aim to minimize the use of single-use packaging and products and to prohibit the addition of phthalates and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food contact materials.
US | Maine
Maine Passes an Act on PFAS, phthalates in food packaging
On June 13, 2019, Maine’s governor signed LD1433 (HP 1043) into law which aims to prohibit unnecessary addition of PFAS and phthalates in food packaging.
US | Washington
New requirements for environmental marketing claims
On 7th May 2019, the governor of Washington signed the bill HB1569 on environmental marketing claims for plastic products (degradability of products).
Comments request on 26 National Food Safety Standards Draft
On 22nd May 2019, the Chinese National Health and Wellness Commission Office opened a public consultation about 26 national food safety standards drafts.
Publications in the Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
In May 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published some reports as part of its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials.
Summary table with some recent regulation proposals notified to World Trade Organization.