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Keller and Heckman Partners Pamela Langhorn and Hazel O’Keeffe will be giving presentations during the virtual Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference, which will take place December 14-16, 2021. Pam will speak on Food-Contact Paper Regulations Around the Globe and Hazel will speak on the German and the Swiss Printing Inks Ordinances.

Keller and Heckman Partner Hazel O’Keeffe will present, “Legislative aspects: food contact and recycled material,” followed by Associate Ales Bartl who will present, “Legislative aspects: REACH and recycled material,” at the International Seminar on Plastics Recycling, taking place in Valencia, Spain on December 1-2, 2021. The seminar will focus on the challenges of recycling plastic waste when implementing a circular economy that aims to create more sustainable solutions.

Keller and Heckman Partner Rachida Semail will speak on recent developments in food packaging law at the 15th European Food and Feed Law Conference, to be held October 21-22, 2021, in Brussels. The conference will also include presentations on actions within the EU against food waste, the new food labelling information system, supply chain law, transparency regulations, biocides, and the Brexit developments regarding the marketing of food.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is in the process of updating its food-contact recommendations.  While BfR recommendations are not legally binding, they are widely respected by industry throughout the European Union.

Keller and Heckman Partner Rachida Semail will be one of the speakers at the Food Contact Compliance International Conference, to be held virtually on September 29-30, 2021. The title of her presentation is, “Interpreting the 15th amendment on plastics and introducing the 16th amendment.” 

The conference is sponsored by Packaging Meeting Srl consulenza & formazione. For more information, including how to register, please click here.  

Keller and Heckman Partner Rachida will give a presentation at Smither’s PRIMA Conference, titled, “Regulatory compliance – single-use plastic, food safety, reuse, and recycling – where do the discrepancies lie and how might they be resolved?" The PRIMA Conference, which is being held online September 8-9, 2021, will focus on the pulp, paper, and packaging supply chains. Attendees also will hear about solutions to challenges facing the print sectors and have the opportunity to network virtually with fellow industry professionals.

Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have issued a questionnaire as the next step for preparing a REACH Annex XV Restriction Dossier on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to restrict the manufacturing, use, and placement of PFAS on the EU market.  The purpose of the questionnaire is to provide an overview of the information that these five authorities have on the different uses of PFAS.

The European Commission (EC), EU Member States, and the EU Food Fraud Network agreed on May 6, 2021 to launch an Enforcement Action Plan concerning plastic food-contact materials (FCMs) containing bamboo “powder” The use of bamboo in plastic FCMs is not authorized in the EU since bamboo is not on the positive list of authorized substances in the Plastics Regulation, (EU) 10/2011.

Keller and Heckman attorneys and scientists will be among the speakers at the 5th International Conference on Food Contact Compliance in Baveno, Italy, September 25-27. They will be presenting on the following topics: