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Sustainability

Risks from bio-based FCM need monitoring – UK research

Additional sources of migration possible from agri-food, processing Food contact materials made from animal or plant biomass can perform as well as plastic FCM, but there may be additional risks to consumers from chemicals and allergens migrating into food, according to a UK study. These include heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), natural toxins and […]

EU Launches Mobile App To Check SVHC Info On Consumer Products

Patrokles QA Manager recommends that importers and retailers start to collect and manage SVHC Information to meet REACH obligations and avoid penalties – now. Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, is a European Union legislation that aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can […]

EU Member State authorities notify a large number of ROHS and POPs violations

Since late 2018, the EU Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) has issued multiple notifications of non-conformities against the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) and the Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) in electrical and electronic equipment. Many types of electrical and electronic product have been found to exceed RoHS […]

Potentially dangerous Microplastics rain down on remote French Mountains

Microplastics can accumulate heavy metals like mercury and persistent organic pollutants. These materials have known health impacts. Scientists reported that worryingly high amounts of microplastic particles are raining down on a remote area in France’s Pyrenees Mountains, according to National Geographic. The study is the first of its kind ever conducted. Only two other studies […]

European Union introduces new energy labels and an obligation to register products in the European product database for energy labelling (EPREL)

On January 1, 2019 the European Union revised its energy labels for household appliances, lamps and luminaries, to make them easier to understand and more clearly reflect current market conditions. Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 setting a framework for energy labelling Passed in July 2017, this regulation repealed the previous energy labeling regulation, Directive 2010/30/EU. From January […]

How little things turn big and deadly

Forty years ago, Ross Hume Hall, then a professor of biochemistry at McMaster University, and Donald Chant, a University of Toronto professor of zoology and one of the founders of Pollution Probe, co-authored an important report on ecotoxicity for the Canadian Environmental Advisory. Council “The whole environment, including humans, is being contaminated in a sea of […]

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