P. Vincent Hegarty Seminar at MSU's School of Packaging

February 5, 2019 3:00PM - 4:00PM

MSU School of Packaging, Room 120

Contact: Vincent Hegarty

Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty will present a seminar on food contact substances at MSU's School of Packaging. Dr. Hegarty is the Founding Director of the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Professor Emeritus for MSU, and Adjunct Professor of Law and MSU College of Law's Global Food Law master's degree program. 

Dr. Hegarty has developed a new course in the Global Regulation of Food Contact Substances/Packaging, and is teaching the course online with the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations. This course will be offered every spring semester.

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The seminar will be available live on February 5 at 3:00 pm on Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/434339200. You will be prompted to enter your email address to log in. We also hope to have a recorded video on our website soon after.

Seminar Overview:

Global production of food contact materials (FCMs)/packaging is increasing. Least cost formulation is sending food manufacturers in developed countries to source their FCMs in developing countries. Most of these countries have no regulations on the manufacture, use and safety of food contact substances (FCSs) in the FCMs. Many countries are updating their FCM/FCS regulations -- India, Japan, Turkey and the 2004 European Union (EU) regulations.

The FDA regards FCSs as food additives. The EU’s regulations are based on 17 FCMs (plastic, paper, glass, printing inks, etc.). Most of the world, including Codex Alimentarius and the World Health Organization (WHO), regard FCSs as food contaminants; FDA regards them as food additives. There are more than 6,000 FCM substances on regulatory and non-regulatory lists. 175 of these are Chemicals of Concern (COC).

The SIN list (Substitute It Now), SVHC list (Substances of Very High Concern) have disturbingly high numbers of FCSs in FCMs. Plastic packaging has 908 chemicals of which 64 were considered most hazardous for human health. Documented health concerns related to FCSs/FCMs include endocrine disruption, cancer and autism. New developments in FCSs and FCMs will require regulations --- Food packages that are edible, biodegradable, FCMs with recycled plastic, nanoparticles, etc.


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