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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added 18 new substances to its Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances (FCS) Notifications. The newly listed substances and the manufacturers are listed below.


Food Contact Substance


Clearer communication of sustainability efforts with regards to plastic packaging are needed to help con­sumers make better decisions and lead the way to a more circular plastics economy. This is among the conclusions of a joint report from the United National Environment Programme (UNEP), Consumers International, and One Planet, titled “Can I Recycle This?” A Global Mapping and Assessment of Standards, Labels and Claims on Plastic Packaging.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) published a report on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  The report, titled, Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Administered in Feed to Sprague Dawley (Hsd:Sprague Dawley SD) Rats, May 2020, concludes that 2-year feeding studies provided clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of PFOA in male rats and some evidence of carcinogenicity of PFOA in female rats.

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Aluminum, glass and plastic (PET) industries have reached out to states with beverage container deposit programs requesting that safe redemption return options be made available for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic and that consumers be informed of these options through updated online resources.

San Francisco and several other Bay Area jurisdictions have temporally banned reusable bags as part of an updated shelter in place order.  By way of background, on March 16, 2020, the City and County of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties, and the City of Berkeley issued parallel orders imposing shelter in place requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The seven jurisdictions then issued updated versions of the order on March 31, which extended the shelter in place requirements to May 3.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a bill establishing minimum recycled content for certain plastic beverage containers, citing budget concerns related to COVID-19. House Bill 2722 mandated that beverage manufacturers meet the following minimum postconsumer recycled plastic content, on average, for the total number of certain plastic beverage containers sold in Washington State: 10% starting in 2022, 25% starting in 2025, and 50% starting in 2030.

In an information sheet published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 16, the Agency informed consumers that “… there is no evidence of food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.” FDA added that consumers could wipe down grocery packaging materials but that would just act as an extra precaution.

Washington State’s Department of Ecology (Ecology) will hold a webinar on Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in food packaging on April 14, 2020.

Prior to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, a number of jurisdictions announced single-use plastic bag bans (see the article, More states Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags, for more information). Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the health implications of these bans are being questioned.