The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that the health of people in all age groups, including young children, is at risk from bisphenol A (BPA) in their diets. BPA is widely used in the production of plastics, such as those used in food packaging and reusable bottles, and in the linings of food … CHEM Trust: People in all age groups are at risk from BPA in their diet
Today, BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation – published the results of a survey investigating consumer’s attitudes towards food packaging, and exploring their experiences, behaviours, and awareness of food packaging -related health risks. The results show that most of the consumers surveyed are worried about the impact of chemicals presents in food packaging and kitchenware … CHEM Trust: New survey highlights consumer concerns over chemicals in food packaging
A new report from Zero Waste Europe focuses on safe recycled content in food packaging. When it comes to Food Contact Materials (FCMs), the use of recycled content potentially creates new pathways through which humans can be exposed to hazardous chemicals in contaminated recycled material flows. Today, recycling technologies have not proved to be able to … ZWE: Ensuring safe recycled content in food packaging: ambition vs reality
A joint study by 10 members of BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) suggests that silicone cookware may be contaminating our baking with unwanted chemicals. Silicone is a popular material for baking due to its non-stick properties and ability to withstand high temperatures. Forty-four different silicone moulds from across the EU were tested. 23% of products … BEUC: Silicone bakeware can add unwanted substances to cookies and cakes, consumer groups find
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.
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.