There are significant knowledge gaps regarding the presence of nano- and microplastics in foods and their harmful effects on human health, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The document aims to support much-needed future exposure assessments, as well as the development of appropriate legislation and guidance documents on food production, processing, distribution, and consumption in relation to nano- and microplastics contamination.
Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are increasingly becoming a topic of concern for food and food contact material operators in the European Union. Following a report by an NGO, the European Commission and Member States (through the SCoPAFF committee) issued a statement in April 2022, defining non-legally binding thresholds for MOAH in food products. A … NLR: MOAH in Food: New October Statement Poses Broader Issues for Operators in the Food and Food Contact Materials Supply Chain in EU
Jane Muncke, Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Food Packaging Forum (FPF), a not-for-profit foundation for science communication and scientific research, explains how chemicals are transmitted to food and beverages and how the packaging industry can become more sustainable.
A new briefing by the civil society organisation Zero Waste Europe – ‘Marrying safety with sustainability in food packaging – Briefing for businesses’ – highlights that for food packaging to be sustainable, it must be safe, and that means making sure it’s free from harmful chemicals. The briefing states that while society is pushing for a … ZWE: Marrying Safety with Sustainability in Food Packaging – Briefing for Businesses
More than 50 civil society organisations have signed a manifesto urging the European Commission and EU member states to urgently ban PFAS, hazardous substances also known as ‘forever chemicals’ due to their persistence in the human body and the environment.
NGOs are questioning whether new EU legislation, which enables the use of recycled plastics in food contact materials (FCMs) with less regulatory scrutiny, can adequately protect consumers from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to cut the health and environmental impact of hazardous chemicals in materials intended to come into contact with food.
Amid inadequate testing and a lack of regulation, we’re all eating “forever chemicals.”
They are called the ‘forever chemicals’. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS (pronounced simply as P-fas), are part of a family of thousands of chemicals found in everyday objects, such as food packaging. They are in our bodies and in nature, but you may not be familiar with them – and you are not … Euronews: You are what you eat – and what you eat out of : how industrial chemicals contribute our bodies
Chinese consumers who order takeaway food five to 10 times monthly could ingest 145 to a staggering 5,520 pieces of microplastics due to atmospheric sediment or particles flaking from the inner container surfaces.