The European Parliament has today overwhelmingly backed a report calling for substantial improvements in the laws covering the chemicals that are used in food packaging and processes, and which can leach into the food we eat. They also called for a ban on the use of the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A in all food contact materials. … [Read more...] about Laws regulating chemicals in food packaging are not good enough, European Parliament says
The European Commission is currently consulting on its proposed criteria to identify endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In mid-June the European Commission proposed draft criteria, which CHEM Trust has strongly criticised for not adequately dealing with the threat to health and the environment from EDCs. The proposals have also been criticised by EU governments, … [Read more...] about CHEM Trust calls for significant improvements as Commission consults on EDC Criteria
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee have this morning voted to strengthen their draft report on the regulation of Food Contact Materials. They are calling for the European Commission to create new regulations to ensure that people's health is protected from chemicals in paper and board packaging, and for particularly … [Read more...] about MEPs on Environment committee call for EU regulation of chemicals in paper & board packaging
There’s increasing debate on the problems with the laws covering chemicals in food contact materials such as packaging, with the European Parliament currently discussing a report on the issue. On 10th March 2016 CHEM Trust organised a workshop in Brussels to discuss one important aspect, the overlap and gaps between the main chemicals regulation REACH and the laws on chemicals … [Read more...] about Chemicals in food contact materials: notes from a workshop on regulatory gaps
The debate on the regulation of chemicals in Food Contact Materials - such as packaging - is starting to heat up, with a new study from the European Parliament’s Research Service (EPRS) echoing many of the criticisms that CHEM Trust made in our briefing on the subject. In addition, the MEP acting as a rapporteur on the European Parliament's investigation of this issue, … [Read more...] about European Parliament study and draft MEP report confirm problems with EU laws on food contact chemicals
The European Commission has committed to finally proposing scientific criteria to identify hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs) by summer 2016. They've already been found guilty of breaking EU law by the European Court of Justice for failing to do this by a legal deadline of December 2013. In CHEM Trust's view the criteria should be similar to those already used … [Read more...] about After a long wait, now is the time for the EU to decide on criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (updated 4th May)
CHEM Trust, together with Health and Environment Alliance, have just published a comment piece in Euractiv: "Endocrine disruptors pose a substantial risk to public health, yet the European Commission has dawdled time and again on introducing measures that would finally limit their use. Now is the time to put this right, write Genon Jensen and Michael Warhurst." text continues … [Read more...] about Endocrine disruptors: ‘Better Regulation’ or better public health?
Europe's pesticide regulations aim to ensure a high level of protection of human, animal and environment health. An important part of the law is that certain harmful pesticides, including those that cause cancer or are endocrine disrupters (disrupt hormones, EDCs), cannot be approved unless there is 'negligible exposure' of people and the environment to them under realistic … [Read more...] about Is the EU Commission trying to allow continued use of harmful pesticides by misinterpreting an exemption?
Food packaging, factory equipment, food utensils - almost everything we eat has been in contact with one or more of these items. The EU’s laws should ensure that chemicals used in these materials are safe, but they do not go far enough and contain holes. These holes – for example a lack of harmonised rules on paper and card, inks, coatings and adhesives – mean that public … [Read more...] about Chemicals in food contact materials: A gap in the internal market, a failure in public protection
The European Commission recently published a ‘road map’ proposing options for increasing controls on the use of hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials. CHEM Trust has been concerned about the health and environmental impacts of BPA for many years, and in our view, it should be phased out of all food contact applications. However, as we point … [Read more...] about EU discussing new restrictions on bisphenol A in food contact materials