EFSA updated risk assessment concludes that current exposure to five phthalates from food is not a concern for public health - European plasticisers

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On 10 December 2019, EFSA issued an update of the risk assessment of the phthalates DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP and DIDP for use in food contact materials. Based on the limited scope of the mandate, the limited time for the evaluation and the uncertainties identified, the CEP Panel considered that the opinion and the TDI derived for the five phthalates, individually and collectively, should be on a temporary basis.

European Plasticisers does not agree with the “conservative approach” of the EFSA CEP Panel in proposing to group DINP with DEHP, DBP and BBP on the basis of non-adverse effects (re: reversible hormone changes).

During the CEP plenary meeting, the European Commission announced that it will come up with a new mandate for EFSA to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment on phthalates.

European Plasticisers is ready to support this further assessment as appropriate, consistent with ensuring a robust weight of evidence approach using all the scientific data, including recent studies, as well as the opinions of other EU agencies.

The current opinion concluded that “based on a plausible common mechanism (i.e. reduction in fetal testosterone) […] the Panel considered it appropriate to establish a group-TDI for DBP, BBP and DEHP”.

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