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
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
Our food comes into contact with a whole range of food contact materials made from industrial chemicals, from food packaging to pipes. The EU has laws that are supposed to regulate the safety of these chemicals, but they are full of gaps and largely ignore some key issues. A number of events in recent weeks have emphasised the scale of the problem, while the European Parliament … [Read more...] about EU Parliament starts inquiry into regulation of chemicals in food packaging as concerns mount
CHEM Trust was among the many participants in yesterday’s European Commission conference on hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The Commission's Health Department (DG Santé) had organised the conference to discuss the next steps of an impact assessment on the potential socio-economic impacts of draft criteria to identify EDCs. Once finalised, these criteria will … [Read more...] about EU Conference on hormone disrupters: What did we learn?
On Friday 17th April we finally got a response to our letter to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on why their press release & public briefing on 21st January had stated that there was 'no health concern' from the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), when their expert panel had actually stated that there was a 'low health concern'. The letter from EFSA's … [Read more...] about EU Food Authority responds to letter on misleading communication on Bisphenol A risks, claims ‘simplification’ for ‘accessibility’
CHEM Trust have discovered that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have admitted that the abstract of January's risk assessment of the commonly used hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A incorrectly stated that there was 'no health concern'. CHEM Trust wrote to the EU Health Commissioner on 25th February complaining about EFSA's misrepresentation of the risk … [Read more...] about EFSA corrects its risk assessment of bisphenol A to acknowledge that experts didn’t say ‘no health concern’
CHEM Trust have written to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to ask them why they misrepresented the results of their risk assessment of the commonly used hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). The risk assessment, published in January, concluded that there was a 'low health concern' from exposure to bisphenol A - yet the EFSA press release said there was 'no … [Read more...] about We write to EFSA: Why did you misrepresent the results of the Risk Assessment of Bisphenol A?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have today published the opinion of their CEF scientific panel  on the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs. [See end of this blog item for a challenge to the EFSA assessment from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark] In this opinion they have cut their … [Read more...] about Bisphenol A – new EFSA assessment cuts safe exposure level, calls for more research (updated)
Chemical Watch has covered CHEM Trust's comments at a scientific meeting to discuss the European Food Safety Authority's draft opinion on the human health risks of Bisphenol A (BPA) "The European Food Safety Authority's (Efsa) draft opinion on the human health risks posed by bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is "lacking", because its summary does not describe whether there is a margin … [Read more...] about CHEM Trust comments on EFSA BPA Draft Opinion