2019 conference highlights

This year’s Food Contact Regulations USA gave professionals the opportunity to get to the heart of the regulatory issues within food contact. The event featured insights from leading experts, including regulators, specialist consultants, and industry.

The two-day conference took place on 19-20 March in Washington, DC, bringing together a team of outstanding speakers from North and South America to discuss the latest developments in federal and state level-legislation in addition to global food contact materials regulations.

This year, we were delighted to welcome key speakers from organisations such as Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company and the US Food and Drug Administration.


Topics discussed at Food Contact Regulations USA


Over two days, expert speakers shared valuable insights on:

  • Food contact materials compliance issues with plastics
    and packaging;
  • Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS);
  • Product labelling concerns and practical considerations (inks);
  • California Proposition 65 implications for the food
    contact industry;
  • EU vs US regulations in food packaging;
  • Emerging issues with PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) and
    PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid);
  • Food contact regulations in Latin America;
  • European food packaging controls; and,
  • The future of packaging materials.

View the 2019 programme

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News articles

NGOs question industry petition to amend FDA ortho-phthalates regulations
A group of NGOs has questioned an industry request for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke its authorisation of 26 ortho-phthalates for use in food contact applications. Find out more

NGO Platform: PFAS chemicals, a sticky issue for grocery chains
Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s, two of the largest US grocery store chains, have pledged to take action to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from some food packaging – commitments that could lead to a domino effect across the entire grocery sector. Find out more

FluoroCouncil tells Washington state to consult PFAS packagers on ban
An industry body in the US has expressed concern at Washington state's impending ban on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkylsubstances (PFASs) in paper food contact materials because of a lack of stakeholder input from those affected. Find out more

Food Contact Regulations USA, 19-20 March, Washington, DC


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