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FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

EFSA has updated its risk assessment of five phthalates used in plastic food contact material. What are phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals used to soften (or ‘plasticise’) plastics used in a range of industrial and consumer products including plastic fo ...

10 December 2019
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EFSA issues new advice on phosphates

Estimated total intake of phosphates from food may exceed the safe level set by EFSA after re-evaluating their safety. EFSA’s scientists also recommend the introduction of maximum permitted levels to reduce the content of phosphates when used as additives ...

12 June 2019
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Public consultation: phthalates used in food contact materials

  EFSA is launching a public consultation on the draft update of its 2005 risk assessments of five phthalates which are authorised for use in plastic food contact materials. For the updated draft opinion, EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes an ...

21 February 2019
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BPA update: working group to start reviewing new studies

A new EFSA working group of scientific experts will start evaluating recent toxicological data on the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA) this month. EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) will then re-assess the pot ...

04 September 2018
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Food enzymes: EFSA launches DIY exposure tool

EFSA has published the Food Enzyme Intake Model (FEIM), a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food enzymes used in different food processes. FEIM follows the methodology recommended in 2016 by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, F ...

04 July 2018
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EFSA assesses safety of green tea catechins

EFSA has assessed the safety of green tea catechins from dietary sources, following concerns regarding their possible harmful effects on the liver. EFSA concluded that catechins from green tea infusions and similar drinks are generally safe. When taken as ...

18 April 2018
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BPA plan ready for new EFSA assessment in 2018

Feedback from a public consultation has helped EFSA to finalise the strategy for its next re-evaluation of the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA). A “scientific protocol” that transparently details upfront the scope, methodology and information needs before th ...

14 December 2017
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