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Proposing action for sustainable food packaging

The EU is currently undertaking an evaluation of Food Contact Materials (FCM). We want to support our customers and the fiber-based food packaging industry by actively following and participating in the latest regulatory developments. As part of this activity, we have produced a position paper around sustainable food packaging – calling for harmonization of national legislations to remove barriers for trade and enhance safety.

Proposing action for sustainable food packaging

Fiber-based materials, like paper and paperboard, form the core of renewable and recyclable food packaging. Kemira’s chemistry expertise enables this alternative to plastic by giving food packaging board the required stiffness, strength, formability, hydrophobicity, and printability, as well as ensuring it is hygienic and safe to use. Enabling longer shelf life with appropriate packaging also helps in minimizing food waste.

Fiber-based packaging is easy to recycle, because recycling systems are already in place and functioning well across Europe. Promoting the use of fiber-based food packaging supports the transition to a circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources. However, further harmonization of food contact material legislation is needed to support innovation and reap the full benefits of fiber-based packaging.

In the position paper we are proposing four actions for sustainable food packaging:

  1. Harmonization of national legislations is needed to remove barriers to trade and enhance safety.
  2. The Mutual Recognition Principle needs to be more consistently applied throughout the value chain.
  3. Exchange of information between national officials must be promoted.
  4. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) model for handling risk-assessment petitions should be implemented in the EU.

Download the full position paper here

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