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Colorado Governor Jared Schutz Polis signed HB22-1345 into law on June 3, 2022. The new law, as previously reported, prohibits the sale or distribution of fiber-based food packaging and other products, such as fabric treatments, carpets, cosmetics, juvenile products, and textile furnishings, to which PFAS has been inten

Keller and Heckman Partners Cynthia Lieberman and Hazel O’Keeffe will be presenting at the Sustainable Paper & Fiber Packaging for Food Contact Conference, to be held on May 3-4, 2022, virtually and onsite in Cologne, Germany. Cynthia will provide an overview of regulations applicable to food-contact paper in the EU, including regulations for recycled paper. Hazel will give an update on single-use plastic and packaging directives and their impact on the paper packaging industry.

Keller and Heckman Partner Jeff Keithline will speak at the Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (Appita) Fibre Value Chain Conference (FVCCON21), to be held December 3-10, 2021. The conference will kick off with a live one-day event at the Novotel Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, on December 3, followed by 13 virtual technical sessions and panel discussions from December 6 through December 9, and a virtual closing event on December 10.

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.

Germany’s Draft Twenty-second Ordinance amending the German Ordinance on Consumer Goods, which establishes limits on the transfer of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) from food contact materials (FCMs) made from recycled paper and board, has been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement.  The Draft is open for comment by the WTO Member States until 21 May 2021.

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) published on October 15, 2020 five draft GB standards in relation to food-contact materials and articles, which are described below. 

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has notified the latest draft of its Mineral Oil Ordinance to the European Commission (EC). The updated version requires the use of a functional barrier in paper, paperboard or cardboard food contact materials containing recycled paper to prevent the transfer of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) to food. A transfer is deemed not to take place if it can be demonstrated that the following are not exceeded:


Keller and Heckman Partners Rachida Semail and Jeff Keithline spoke at Smithers Pira’s Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2019 Seminar, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 2-5.

European paper and board manufacturers have released an updated guidance document on how to meet safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications. Originally published in 2010 and updated in 2012, “Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles,” provides a methodology for demonstrating the suitability of paper and board materials and articles for food contact applications under European Union (EU) and Member State legislation.