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Janet Woodcock, M.D. was named Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on January 20, 2021. Since late 2020, Dr. Woodcock has split her time between advising “Operation Warp Speed” on advancing COVID-19 therapeutics and serving as the Principal Medical Advisor to former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. She first joined FDA in 1984 as Director of the Division of Biological Investigational New Drugs in the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued proposed amendments to limit the option for providing a shortened version of the Proposition 65 warning on consumer and other products.

Food Packaging Forum (FPF) launched a new food-contact chemical database that lists 12,285 chemicals that are potentially used in the manufacture of food-contact materials. The list was developed from 67 regulatory positive lists and industry inventories. The researchers, led by FPF, noted that toxicity data are available for 71% of the food-contact chemicals. They also identified 608 of the chemicals as possible high-priority candidates for substitution in food-contact materials.

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

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) relisted bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant (developmental endpoint) under Proposition 65. The listing became effective December 18, 2020. Also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65 prohibits, among other things, knowingly exposing any individual to a listed chemical without first providing a “clear and reasonable warning” to such individual. 

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on December 3, 2020, that prohibits the sale of food packaging containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), effective December 31, 2022. The legislation, S8817/A4739C, defines PFAS as organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.

Single-use plastic and paper bags—along with disposable polystyrene food containers and cups—will be banned in New Jersey stores and food service establishments, effective May 2022. Governor Phil Murphy signed the legislation, S864, banning these products on November 4, 2020.  

The California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (Sacramento), has upheld the listing of bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65 (Prop 65). Prop 65 a right-to-know law that requires individuals to receive a clear and reasonable warning before being exposed to certain chemicals that California deems to be carcinogens or reproductive toxicants.

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

The recently published Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) Draft Chemical Action Plan (CAP) for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS Draft CAP) recommends actions to reduce PFAS exposure, use, and releases in Washington state.