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;
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  • 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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27 October 2022

Possible carcinogenic effect via increased thyroid hormone levels

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Plastics group, ACC say agency should deny petition to restrict chemical in FCMs

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21 September 2022

15 September 2022

Wait continues for disclosure proposal ahead of 1 January effective date

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Lawsuit seeks declaration that company products do not require warning

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08 September 2022


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04 August 2022

Proposed tolerable daily intake is 100,000 times lower than previous version

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Milk in plastic bottle

25 October 2022

Next steps after request for information to be determined