food contact materials

New study points to the presence of microplastics in bottled waters

A new report from French NGO Agir pour l’environnement assesses that over 78% of bottled waters analysed in France are contaminated with microplastics.  The commissionned laboratory has noted the presence of microplastics in both virgin plastic bottles and recycled plastic, with the presence of micro plastics ranging from 1 to 121 microparticles per litre. Microplastics […]

Study shows the lack of understanding of consumers on food contact materials

German consumer organisation Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV) conducted a study on German consumers’ perception and knowledge of food packaging and food contact materials. This market research highlights the fact that consumers are confused about food packaging safety. While packaging is considered important by most consumers, 6 out of 10 of respondents said they considered themselves not […]

Microplastic pollution: recent study shows the presence of microplastics in human blood

A pioneering study trying to detect the presence of microplastic pollution in human blood was published this week, showing alarming results. Microplastics were found in the blood of almost 80% of the people tested. Although the impact on our health is still unknown, the research demonstrated that these particles could travel in the body and possibly lodge […]

EFSA draft opinion suggests lowering the tolerable Bisphenol A daily intake

In an opinion published in December 2021, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has re-assessed the risks of bisphenol A (BPA) in food, suggesting to drastically lower the tolerable daily intake (TDI) compared to its previous assessment in 2015. EFSA is now recommending that the TDI be changed from 4 micrograms per kilogram of body […]

Consumers organization calls for a reform of the EU food packaging legislation

Consumers’ concern about the safety of food packaging materials is increasing across Europe. According to data from the Eurobarometer, 86% of European consumers have worries about Food Contact Materials (FCMs) and in particular chemicals commonly used in food packaging, with four in five reporting concerns about chemicals in everyday products. In this context, the European […]

SAFE publishes guidelines for consumers on Food Contact Materials

Researches show the existence of health risks linked to the use of Food Contact Materials (FCMs). New guidelines published by SAFE encompass conclusions from these studies and show the possible safety issues triggered by their misuse. Read our guidelines here: These guidelines have been co-funded by the LIFE programme. Contents and opinions expressed on […]

European Commission redefines maximum levels for cadmium and lead in food

On August 10th, the European Commission announced that new limits will apply for tolerated lead and cadmium levels in food products. These restrictions concern fruits, vegetables, cereals and oilseeds for lead, and infant foods, mushrooms, spices and salt for cadmium. These new rules are set to be respectively introduced on August 30th and 31st and […]