The harmonized Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FCCoCL) was developed by the Single Use Material Decelerator (SUM'D) group,to support supply chain alignment toward the elimination of hazardous chemicals that impact human health and detract from safe and circular material feedstocks. A tiered list is presented to provide users with a starting point as well as a clear pathway to a more precautionary approach to safety. This list is used to inform the Chemicals of Concern metric in the Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard, an online resource that measures commonly used foodware and food packaging materials with a single yardstick to offer companies the first-ever, free, and comprehensive tool for making sustainable purchasing decisions.
Chemicals of concern identified by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF has identified chemicals in food packaging and food handling equipment where the potential health impacts from their migration into food raises serious concerns. These chemicals in virgin materials may also contaminate the recycling stream and undermine their recyclability.
Chemicals of concern identified by the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) brand owners' working group document that have been screened against the Food Packaging Forum's (FPF) Food Contact Chemicals database (FCCdb) for relevance.
Identified as one of the 608 priority chemicals of concern (FPF 608) in the Food Contact Chemical database (FCCdb) developed by the Food Packaging Forum.
This is a supporting document containing the Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FcCoCL) for the Chemicals of Concern (CoC) metric methodology applied within the Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard. The chemicals of concern within this list are prioritized and grouped into three tiers, where Tier 1 presents a shortlist of priority chemicals of concern to avoid, based on broad stakeholder agreement, and Tiers 2 and 3 present more extensive sets of chemicals that should not be used in the manufacture of food contact materials. The inclusion of substances on this list is based on research and information provided by leading NGOs and industry associations including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP), and the Food Packaging Forum (FPF). To reflect the best science available, this document will be periodically updated in future versions of the scorecard.
Informed by authoritative bodies (e.g. ECHA, UNEP/WHO), a chemical of concern is a chemical substance that has one or more of the following hazard properties:
- Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMR)
- Endocrine disruption
- Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT)
- Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)
- Persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT)
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|Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FCCoCL)||NoGS|
|Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FCCoCL) - TIER 1||NoGS|
|Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FCCoCL) - TIER 2||NoGS|
|Food Contact Chemicals of Concern List (FCCoCL) - TIER 3||NoGS|