Under this system, new science is reviewed anonymously by experts in a given subject area to assess whether the results are suitable for publication or not. If new scientific endeavours can withstand the scrutiny of these experts, they are accepted for publication and published in a journal specialising in a particular subject area.
Last month, Creme Global released the FACET software, a new food chemical surveillance system for Europe designed for monitoring consumer exposure to flavours, additives and food packaging substances. Following its release, three scientific papers were accepted for publication, in collaboration with partners from the project. These papers all relate to the area of food packaging (and follow other publications on dietary exposure to flavours and additives), and are based on the scientific output of the project.The first paper, “Development of a new modelling tool (FACET) to assess exposure to chemical migrants from food packaging“, details how we developed the tool from a food packaging perspective. This includes a description of the software, the databases, and the novel probabilistic models we developed to estimate to what extent European consumers are exposed to contaminants from food packaging in their diet. This was no mean task and was the result of over five years work in collaboration with the packaging industry, and hopefully the paper goes someway to explaining how we achieved that.
The second paper focuses on a particular case we carried to demonstrate the utility of the software and model. Rather than choose a relatively innocuous substance, we grabbed the bull by the horns and studied what is possibly the most controversial substance that ends up in our food, Bisphenol A or BPA. The results can be found in the paper “Estimates of dietary exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) from light metal packaging using food consumption and packaging usage data: a refined deterministic approach and a fully probabilistic (FACET) approach”.
Finally, the third paper is a technical description of how data was gathered for light metal packaging within the FACET project. Thanks to funding from the FACET Industry Group (FIG), all publications can easily and freely be accessed by anyone who wants to download them.
Our scientific output continues to grow in depth, scope and significance at Creme Global. We have many more studies and new approaches to predictive intake modelling that we want to share with the scientific community, so you can look forward to more publications in 2014!
 Development of a new modelling tool (FACET) to assess exposure to chemical migrants from food packaging, P.K.T. Oldring, C. O’Mahony, M. Vints, J. Dixon, J. Mehegan, C. Dequatre & L. Castle, Food Additives and Contaminants – Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, Jan 2014
 Estimates of dietary exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) from light metal packaging using food consumption and packaging usage data: a refined deterministic approach and a fully probabilistic (FACET) approach, P.K.T. Oldring, L. Castle, C. O’Mahony, J. Dixon, Food Additives and Contaminants – Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment, Jan 2014
 FACET: Light Metal Packaging Methodology, P.K.T. Oldring, F. Savrij Droste, R. Whitaker, D. Smith, C. O’Mahony, L. Castle, Coatings Tech, Jan 2014