Research: Safe food packaging in the circular economy
A review article on food packaging in the circular economy has been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Scientists from the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) describe recycling processes of five types of commonly used food packaging (plastics, paper and board, metals, glass, multilayer multi-materials).
The authors summarize how recycling can impact the chemical safety of each packaging type and give examples of typical contaminants. To achieve safe recycled food packaging, especially non-permanent materials require measures that remove chemical contaminants during recycling or separate the recycled materials from the food (e.g., by functional barriers) (News Item FpF, 16 May 2018).
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