2017 SOT FDA Colloquium: Safety Assessment of Food Packaging and Other Food Contact Substances

The Society of Toxicology in conjunction with the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) have partnered to provide this colloquia series. The series presents scientific information that is high-quality, cutting-edge, future-oriented toxicological science to provide a well-grounded foundation to inform the work of US FDA employees.

On May 23, 2017, SOT and US FDA hosted a colloquium focused on various types of packaging (e.g., coatings, plastics/polymer), manufacturing processes, and safety and exposure assessments.

The first presentation reviewed the regulatory science framework for assessing the safety of food packaging materials and how it is evolving. The second presentation provided an overview of the materials in key packaging types, such as the plastics and polymers used in bottles, and how they are made and processed. The third presentation discussed safety considerations and communication. The fourth presentation illuminated migration estimates, i.e., the transfer of chemicals from packaging to the food, and estimation of dietary exposure. The fifth presentation discussed the latest innovations and materials used in food packaging.