Ensuring the safety and the quality of foodstuffs

food-contact.pngFood contact plastics refers to those plastics that are used to manufacture items that may come into contact with food, such as packaging, containers, utensils, electrical devices. Food contact represents a significant application for the plastics industry. Apart from their wrapping or storage function, packaging and containers must protect food against spoilage, meet shelf life and storage temperature requirements, comply with European packaging standards, but, above all, ensure consumer safety.

Stringent EU regulations are in place to safeguard consumer safety and are updated on a regular basis to reflect the latest scientific evidence, and meet changing marketing trends and consumer habits. PlasticsEurope has a group of food contact experts to address these regulatory updates and works with its value chain partners, research institutes, regulators and agencies to continually protect consumer safety.

More information on food contact regulations can be found at: 

Additional information can be found in these PlasticsEurope publications:

Related information: FACET project (Joint Research Centre Exposure Database)

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