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Eurofins | Newsflash - September 2018 | Food Contact Materials

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018




Eurofins Food Contact Materials PAHs

New report on the migration of PAHs

On 8th August 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) published the report about the migration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from plastic and rubber items.
The main points of this project were:

  • To have more knowledge  on the migration behavior of certain PAHs in plastic and rubber components of consumer articles
  • To establish a future harmonised migration testing method for these PAHs simulating skin contact (including the oral cavity)

Click here for getting the JRC technical report.






New report on migration of metals from enameled grill racks


The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has recently published a study regarding the level of migration of metals from enameled grills.
In the absence of legally binding maximum limits, BfR has assessed the results in terms of health acceptable exposure levels. Some of the analyzed samples were found to release significant amounts of aluminum, antimony, arsenic and nickel, exceeding in some cases these defined tolerable exposure levels.
Among the tested products, some of them showed low release rates of these elements, indicating that a “responsible and safe” production is possible for this type of enameled products.
Click here for getting the BfR report (in German).






Eurofins Food Contact Materials Drinking Water

New amendment for metallic materials coming into contact with drinking water

On 31st July, the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy notified to European Commission the Fourth amendment to the basis for assessment of metallic materials coming into contact with drinking water (Metal assessment basis).
This amendment was published because additional metallic materials have been classified and must be added to the positive list accordingly.
Click here for getting the amendment from the European Commission website with code 2018/389/D.






California Proposition 65 stipulates limit for Vinylidene Chloride


On 1st July 2018 , the No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) of 0.88 μg per day for vinylidene chloride was effective through the California Proposition 65. 
This NSRL was approved by California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at the beginning of May 2018.
Materials which release more than this amount needs to be provided with a safety warning informing that the product contains a substance of carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction properties.
Vinylidene chloride is a comonomer used in the manufacturing of PVDC, a polymer which is, despite of the chorination, still used due to its excellent barrier properties against oxygen and water vapour but also against chemical migration.

Click here for reading more information about the Vinylidene chloride in the OEHHA website.






New substances for the FDA inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances


In July 2018, the following substances were added to the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances (FCS) Notifications of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


FCN number Substances Date


Copolymer of adipic acid, dimethylolpropionic acid, ethylene glycol, isophthalic acid, neopentyl glycol, sebacic acid, and terephthalic acid (CAS Reg. No. 725725-21-3), cross-linked with hexamethylene diisocyanate homopolymer (CAS Reg. No. 28182-81-2)

July 31, 2018


Zinc pyrithione (CAS Reg No. 13463-41-7)

July 27, 2018


1,4-Cyclohexanedimethanol (CAS Reg. No. 105-08-8).

July 24, 2018


An aqueous mixture of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) (CAS Reg. No. 79-21-0), hydrogen peroxide (HP) (CAS Reg. No. 7722-84-l), acetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 64-19-7), l-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) (CAS Reg. No. 2809-21-4), and, optionally, sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9)

July 24, 2018


Dodecanedioic acid, polymer with 4,4'-methylenebis[cyclohexanamine] (CAS Reg. No. 25038-97-5)

July 24, 2018


Copolymers of ethyl methacrylate (CAS Reg. No. 97-63-2), acrylonitrile (CAS Reg. No. 107-13-1), and acrylic acid (CAS Reg. No. 79-10-7) containing up to 7.1 weight percent acrylic acid

July 17, 2018


1,3,5-trioxane, polymer with 1,3-dioxolane (CAS Reg. No. 24969-26-4).

July 13, 2018


2-2'-[1,3-Phenylenebis(methylene)]bis[2,3-dihydro-1H-isoindol-1-one] (CAS Reg. No. 935739-41-6), also known as m-Xylylenediamine-bis(phthalamide) (MXBI), used in conjunction with cobalt neodecanoate (CAS Reg. No. 27253-31-2)

July 12, 2018


N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-hydroxypropyl)adipamide (CAS Reg. No. 57843-53-5) REPLACES FCN 179

July 5, 2018


Microfibrillated cellulose pulp (CAS Reg. No. 65996-61-4)

July 3, 2018


Fluorphlogopite-based pearlescent pigments

July 25, 2018

Click here for going to the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications list.