Food-Contact Chemicals Database Implications Questioned

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Food Packaging Forum (FPF) launched a new food-contact chemical database that lists 12,285 chemicals that are potentially used in the manufacture of food-contact materials. The list was developed from 67 regulatory positive lists and industry inventories. The researchers, led by FPF, noted that toxicity data are available for 71% of the food-contact chemicals. They also identified 608 of the chemicals as possible high-priority candidates for substitution in food-contact materials. (An article on the database was published in the journal Environment International.)  The new database is an extension of previous work by the authors in 2018 on a database of compounds associated specifically with plastic packaging.



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