The packaging of food is crucial to its safe and effective delivery from farm and factory to fork. But the food contact materials (FCM) used and their composition have, in recent years, become an increasing source of concern, not least because products such as cookware and food packaging can contain types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

Concerns over the chemicals that go into FCMs has led to a flurry of regulatory action, much of it piecemeal and some overarching. As the leading provider of intelligence and insight in chemicals management, Chemical Watch has extensive experience in monitoring FCM regulatory developments across jurisdictions, keeping product safety professionals up to date through:

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  • award-winning news and insight that serve up a full and up-to-date picture of FCM rules for all markets and products;
  • world-leading events that share regulatory updates and highlights from leading FCM sector stakeholders; and
  • expert-led training courses that ensure compliance teams walk away with the latest FCM compliance know-how.

The content below includes a selection of articles available to members of Chemical Watch, some of which are accessible to free members.

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Special Chemical Watch podcast: US PFAS product regulations

10 August 2021

In this special edition of the Chemical Watch podcast, North America reporter Julia John is joined by a guest panel to discuss the latest PFAS developments and restrictions across US states, including Washington State’s prohibition of PFASs in food packaging.

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Focus on PFASs: Vermont passes toughest restrictions, NGOs target fast food brands

27 May 2021

In this episode of the Chemical Watch news podcast, hear more about renewed calls in europe for fast food giants, including McDonald’s and KFC, to phase the use of PFASs in takeaway food packaging, after an NGO investigation found widespread intentional use in the EU; and the European Commission’s revision of FCM legislation.

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Food Contact Regulations USA

This two-day conference will provide a dynamic meeting place for the food contact materials (FCMs) regulatory community in North America.

New federal and state legislation, together with manufacturer-led sustainability mandates, are reshaping the food contact materials landscape and presenting greater complexity than ever before. Experts from across the supply chain will offer knowledge and guidance through a series of informative presentations, panel discussions, and interactive Q&As.

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20 April 2023

BfR sets level 1,000 times higher than European food agency

Fast food big lunch packaging set

13 April 2023

Final passage uncertain with disagreement in Senate and end of session looming

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21 February 2023

Consultation for chemicals used in inks, coating products and polymers

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09 February 2023

Joint Research Centre case study reveals incomplete hazard data

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24 April 2023

Deadline for comments on draft standard is 15 May

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22 February 2023

NGOs vent frustration as Commission refines policy options for overdue text

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Food Contact Regulations Asia 2023 

This one-day conference will deliver essential updates on food contact materials (FCM) regulations across Asia-Pacific, to enable regulatory professionals to navigate the complex, fast-changing developments in this region.  

The agenda features presentations and interactive Q&A sessions with expert speakers and stakeholders to build knowledge, networks and create an environment to foster learning and collaboration.

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