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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a study on the shortcomings in the regulation of food contact materials (FCM). The study is released through Mapping the industry and regulatory frameworks for food contact materials to support better regulation.

The study reveals these four shortcomings:

  • a lack of common guidelines and transparency in how risk assessments are undertaken across EU member states;
  • inconsistent national measures and standards on food safety requirements and good manufacturing practice (GMP);
  • varying lists of authorized substances among member states and differences in how restrictions are imposed on chemicals; and
  • a lack of methods to test for enforcement and compliance, which makes it difficult to demonstrate that national laws ensure food safety.

The study was released on January 18, 2017.

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