On March 15, 2021, testing provider SGS reported on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launching public consultations on eight proposals identifying new substances of very high concern (SVHCs).
Among the eight substances are four food contact chemicals (FCCs), including: 1,4-dioxane (CAS 123-91-1), bisphenol B (BPB; CAS 77-40-7; FPF reported), medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP), as well as phenol alkylation products with C12-rich branched or linear alkyl chains from oligomerization (PDDP).
1,4-dioxane, used as a solvent used during chemical synthesis, is also being considered to be reclassified as a Category 1B carcinogen and is present in the Food Packaging Forum’s FCCdb database, which lists the chemical as a substance of high priority based on California’s Proposition 65 regulation.
ECHA is calling for the public to submit comments and further information on the use, exposure, alternatives, and risks of the substances by April 23, 2021.
For more information about how to find and extract relevant information from the FCCdb, please see the resource’s background page.
Food Packaging Forum, 16 March 2021