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Food Contact Materials: Working together for safety and innovation in Europe

Sep 30 2015

The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg is organising a Food Contact Materials conference on the 30th September in Luxembourg-City as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is bringing together different representatives working in the food contact materials area such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Member States experts and representatives from the industry. The main focus lies on safety and innovation. How can the safety of food contact materials be ensured in order to protect consumers? What kind of challenges is the area confronted with? What advantages does innovation bring to both consumer and industry?

JRC scientist Catherine Simoneau will be panelist in Workshop 1 on risk analysis. This workshop deals with non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) and different toxicological evaluation systems of industries and authorities. Furthermore, analytical methods and calibration standards are missing for a large number of authorised substances. How can the protection of the consumer be ensured? Which are the necessary steps?

The conference organisers aim to gather a broad representation of the sector around these questions.

Registration is now open to all interested stakeholders; to register, please email the organisers. The conference’s programme is available online.