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Emerging Global Plastics Food Contact Packaging Legislation

Donald Rosato – Oct 17, 2017

Global Plastics Food Contact Packaging Legislation In plastics food contact packaging, there is a broad range of plastic resins possessing unique chemistries and physical properties. Recognizing these key property differences and remembering that all plastics are not necessarily compatible will lead to the careful selection of materials for food packaging applications.

For example, due to high as molded transparency harnessed to ultra-low carbonated gas permeation, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the perfect solution for large two-liter soda bottles. By comparison Polypropylene (PP) is not a good fit here. This is because, it is not as clear when molded and more importantly lacks a carbonated gas barrier for soda. Food products and in turn plastics food contact packages are subject to several environmental influences.

Let's explore the central theme to review food contact packaging legislative approaches over key global geographies. So that, geographic standardized approaches can be identified and over time harmonized global plastics food contact packaging legislation could evolve from these base points.

Let's begin with the commonly used plastics in food contact packaging...

Commonly Used Plastics in Food Contact Packaging

The most commonly used plastics in food contact packaging and that are subject to global legislation are summarized as follows:

 − Polyethylene (PE): Including Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), High Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear-Low Density PolyEthylene (LLDPE)
 − Polypropylene (PP): Including PP homopolymer and PP copolymer variants
 − Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
 − Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
 − Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC)
 − Polyamide (PA or Nylon): Including Nylon 6
 − Polystyrene (PS)
 − Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA)
 − Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVO): Including copolymers, ethylene-vinyl acetate-vinyl alcohol terpolymers
 − Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
 − Polycarbonate (PC)
 − Polylactic Acid (PLA): Including related polylactide derivatives
 − Polybutene (PB): Including butene / ethylene copolymer and butene / ethylene / propylene terpolymer variants
 − Polymethylpentene (PMP)
 − Melamine Formaldehyde (MF)
Influences on Food Products
Influences on Food Products

Global food packaging legislation centers on food contact material (FCM) laws and how to regulate FCM manufacturers. Also, this FCM focus covers when appropriate additives such as antioxidants, stabilizers, plasticizers, nucleators, and similar products are compounded into the base plastic packaging resin.

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Food Packaging Legislative Approaches by Geographic Jurisdiction

Central to plastics food contact packaging are the different world-wide geographies with their respective legislative approaches to plastic materials. We’ll now review and summarize these legislative regulatory schemes in the nine major geographic jurisdictions of:

 − The United States
 − Canada
 − European Union
 − India
 − Australia / New Zealand
 − China
 − Japan
 − South Korea, and
 − South America
Food Packaging Legislative Approaches by Geographic Jurisdiction

 » Continue reading to find out the central theme for food contact packaging legislative approaches over key global geographies that could evolve harmonized global plastics food contact packaging legislation! 

1 Comments on "Emerging Global Plastics Food Contact Packaging Legislation"
Marie-Christine D Dec 11, 2017
7eme Continent France Plastic is good and fine for many usual items in our every day life : chairs, phones, cars, pencils, pots, roofs, etc - assuming that it will be recycled after use and not abandonned in wild nature or oceans-. But it should never be utilized for food packaging : addidive particles or heavy metals or colour materials entering in the composition of any plastic material, for texture, strength, color, but not fully registered in the composition as pattent protected, are released slowly or massively during the plastic life, which is day after day peeled off by the outside conditions, wether it is on earth, in our microowave or fridge or in the ocean water. Moreover, these released particles go directly in our body through the food, or by a different way through the water cycle. These materials coming from plastic degradation, transport toxic materials as HAP and PCB, as well as bacteria and viruses. We think food or water and other liquids should never be in contact with plastic, especially water for babies bottles. Plastic particles disturb the normal behavior of cells and may be the cause of may diseases observed actually (digestive cancer, genetic anomalies, etc). Glass bottles and paper wrapping should in any case be recommended for food. We are ready to open to any request the result of our reseaches to assess our talk. We are publishing our results on plastic particles, down to micro and nano size in the oceans. We can be contacted for discussing further legislation to prevent from the coming catastrophic perspective induced by plastic use in food packaging. Thank you in advance. MC Desjean

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