FSAP Proposes Chemicals Be Minimized Or Removed From Packaging

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FSAP Proposes Chemicals Be Minimized Or Removed From Packaging

FSAP Proposes Chemicals Be Minimized Or Removed From Packaging

Recently it was announced that the FSAP (Food Safety Alliance for Packaging) has issued a proposal regarding chemicals used in packaging that suppliers should either minimize the use of, or do away with altogether.  The U.S. based technical committee is an alliance within the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and is committed to raising awareness among those in the food packaging industry about food quality and safety.

 
Reports say the proposal lists 15 various packaging components and parts, along with the chemicals or groups of chemicals contained within those components.  FSAP maintains the list could be used by suppliers as a best practice when devising packaging for consumer food products, and says it goes further than regulatory requirements.  
 
Some examples of the chemicals or substances FSAP recommends packaging suppliers not use when an acceptable alternative is available include BPA (bisphenol A), often used in plastic resins and can coatings; styrene; PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), also known as C8; and related substances that fall under perfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS's); phthalates; cadmium; mercury or other heavy metals; and others.  FSAP also recommends manufacturers keep the use of residual printing solvents, polystyrene, and other chemicals or substances to a minimum.
 
Food Safety Alliance for Packaging is a committee comprised of food company and food packaging supply chain representatives who consider environmental impact, consumer safety, and criteria based on regulations, both nationally and internationally, in determining what chemicals or substances should be eliminated or used minimally in packaging components.
 
Food packaging suppliers can find the Food Packaging Product Stewardship Considerations here.
 
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