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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the availability of a Checklist for FDA-regulated human and animal food operations to use when assessing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including when to restart operations after a shutdown. The publication, Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is divided into three sections.

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes to amend the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop 65) by adopting Section 25505, “Exposures to Listed Chemicals in Cooked or Heat Processed Foods.” The proposed amendment establishes maximum concentration levels for listed chemicals in foods that are produced by cooking or heat processing that are deemed by OEHHA to be the lowest levels currently feasible.  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary phase-out by the manufacturers of certain short-chain per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that contain 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol (6:2 FTOH) used for grease-proofing in paper and paperboard for food packaging. Three manufacturers have agreed to a 3-year phase-out of sales of certain substances that contain 6:2 FTOH for use in food-contact applications in the U.S., beginning in 2021. After the 3-year period, it is expected take up to 18 months to exhaust existing stocks of the materials.

A recently released study conducted by Atlanta-based paper company WestRock CP, LLC investigated several aspects of the recycling of post-consumer pizza boxes. The study points out that approximately 3 billion pizza boxes are used each year in the U.S.; however, grease and cheese contamination of the boxes has been thought to impact their viability for recycling.

On July 23, the New York Senate and Assembly passed bills that ban the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging.

Can Percentages be Rounded in Relative Nutrient Content Claims?

When putting a Less Carb claim on a primary display panel using percentage, can one round up and by how much? For example, if a product has 45.5%...

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s (DoE) final legislative report on Priority Products under the Safer Products for Washington program identifies eleven priority products that the department considers to be a significant source of or use of priority chemicals. The list of products includes food and drink cans with liners containing phenolic compounds (bisphenols) and printing inks containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  The goal of the Safer Products for Washington program is to “keep harmful chemicals out of homes, workplaces, schools, and the environment.”

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