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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, January 2024, p. 25-34.

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While celebrating its 60th anniversary, the 46th CAC meeting has seen several historical decisions taken.

First and foremost, it has closed the long-standing controversy about Zilpaterol hydrochloride by adopting through two successive votes by advancing and adopting the proposed maximum

Yesterday the long-waited Commission guidelines on single-use plastics (SUP) were published. These guidelines facilitate a correct and harmonised application of the key parts of Directive (EU) 2019/904 on SUP, in particular, on the definition of plastic, of single-use plastic products made wholly or partly of plastic, and the different items covered by the Directive.


Today, the Council adopted the Single-Use Plastics Directive.

One of the key outcomes is the introduction of an EU wide market restriction for several plastic products such as cotton bud sticks, plates, or food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

The new rules introduced by the Directive also includes:

  • Measures to reduce the consumption of