21 Food Drug Cosm. L.J. 647 (1966)
The Packaging Industries and the Food Additives Amendment of 1958 - It's Time for a Change in the Law

handle is hein.journals/foodlj21 and id is 673 raw text is: The Packaging Industries and the
Food Additives Amendment of
1958-It's Time for a Change
in the Law
By JEROME H. HECKMAN
The Following Article Was Presented at the American Chemi-
cal Society Symposium on Safety Evaluation of Coatings and
Plastics for Food Packaging in New York City on September
14, 1966. At the Time of Presentation It Was Entitled Legal
Status of Coatings and Plastics for Food Packaging. Mr.
Heckman Is with Keller and Heckman of Washington, D. C.
M Y PRIMARY AIM WILL BE to give you one lawyer's view
of the impact of present Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
regulation on those who manufacture and sell food packaging ma-
terials and food processing equipment, or components thereof.' This-
paper is a critique. It takes direct issue with the concept of the
Food Additives Amendment of 1958 as it relates to packaging ma-
terials. Further, it poses the question of whether or not far too much
government and industry time, and scientific attention, is being di-
verted from true public health problem areas by an unnecessarily
restrictive and complex regulatory scheme for passing on the safety
of packaging materials components.
Since the area of regulation at hand has its genesis in the Food
Additives Amendment of 1958-the only law Congress has thus far
passed giving the Food and Drug Administration direct regulatory
' In the remainder of this paper,  what is said about packaging materials
reference is made only to packaging  regulation is applicable to the regula-
materials in most instances. This is  tion of processing equipment where
simply a shorthand device; it is to be  food contact is anticipated.
understood that, with rare exceptions,

PACKAGING INDUSTRIES AND FOOD ADDITIVES AMENDMENT

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