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New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment published a plan to phase out certain hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic items after a public consultation held in 2020 revealed general support to reduce plastic consumption in the country.

Keller and Heckman Counsel Mark Thompson will be speaking at the Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. His presentation, which will take place during the conference’s Food Contact Material Forum, is titled, “Hot Topics in the EU.” 

The conference is sponsored by the Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (Appita). This year’s theme is: “Current research & perspective on the Fibre Value Chain.” More information, including how to register, can be found by clicking here

The Australian Government has released a plan to reduce plastic waste. Currently, 2.5 million metric tons of plastic waste is generated in Australia each year, with 13% of that recovered.

The Australian Department of Health (DOH) has published a guidance for importers and manufacturers of chemicals that will be used in food-contact articles. The guidance is intended to facilitate compliance with a new requirement under the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) to categorize such food-contact chemicals as “exempted,” “reported,” or “assessed”.

A three-year study recently completed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) concluded that the risk of chemicals migrating from packaging into food is low and not of concern for human health. FSANZ initiated the study (Proposal P1034) to assess the need for changes in the regulatory scheme for food-contact materials in Australia and New Zealand. 

Keller and Heckman Associate Mark Thompson will give two presentations as part of the Packaging & Food Contact Materials Forum at the Fibre Value Chain 2017 Conference. He will speak on "Packaging Unwrapped: Chinese regulation of food-contact paper" and "Recycled Paper requirements in the US: Untangling the FDA." 

A review of scientific literature on exposure to nanoscale silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, and silver in food, including from sources of food packaging, did not find any significant health risks, according to the results of a study which was recently commissioned by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).  The results of the study were published in two reports: Nanotechnologies in Food Packaging: an Exploratory Appraisal of Safety an

Australian consumers’ exposure to food packaging chemicals is low and, therefore, concentration of these chemicals in food represent a negligible to low risk to public health. This was the conclusion drawn by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) based on the 24th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS), Phase 2.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is accepting comments on its Consultation Paper for Proposal P1034 to determine whether legally binding measures are needed to regulate the direct and indirect migration of chemicals from packaging into food beyond the general safety standard enumerated in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.