The EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP) held a workshop on risk assessment of phthalates in food, Bejing, 17 Mar 2013, where the JRC, represented by Thomas Wenzl, presented a newly developed and in-house validated method for the determination of phthalates in wine and spirit drinks. Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers; substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.
The aim of the workshop was to exchange information between EU and Chinese representatives of governmental organisations and the concerned industries on the occurrence of phthalates in the food chain, the associated health risks and appropriate testing methods.
The improved understanding of the issue will help Chinese authorities to take appropriate risk management decisions. Participants identified a need for harmonisation of analytical methods to reduce disputes over disagreeing testing results and facilitate international trade of food.
JRC will, in cooperation with the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), organise a collaborative study to provide a validated and harmonised method for the determination of phthalates in wines and spirit drinks to fill this gap.