Food Packaging Materials Have Europeans Worried About Contamination

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Food Packaging Materials Have Europeans Worried About Contamination

A recent survey conducted among European consumers indicated that even more than international terrorism, environmental issues, and public safety, consumers are concerned about the packaging of foods and how chemical compounds could leach into the foods they eat. In fact, about two-thirds of those who participated said contamination from food packaging materials was a concern. 80% of the people surveyed felt that human health could be at risk because of chemical interactions of packaging and the foods the materials are designed to protect. The survey found that 60% of European consumers were most concerned about plastic containers over other packaging materials including glass, cartons, metal, and bag-in-box packages. Consumer concerns are driving the demand that foods and consumable goods be packaged in glass; in fact, more than 60% of those surveyed feel that glass is the safest form of packaging to protect consumers' health and prevent chemical contamination from packaging. According to the article at HACCPEUROPA Food Safety and Science, paper/cardboard packaging, metals, and plastic polymers have been shown in Europe to be a relevant source of unwanted chemicals being transferred to foods. According to Dieter Schrenk, a Professor and expert in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kaiserlautern, Germany, the unwanted chemicals which migrate from packaging to foods are mostly components that are added intentionally or process-related. While manufacturers consider the risk of foods becoming contaminated from packaging constituents low, most manufacturers are highly aware that the concerns of consumers are what drive sales and demand for specific types of packaging. It seems as though in Europe, consumers are currently choosing products packaged in glass containers over all other types of packaging. Whatever type of packaging materials you use in the production process, Markem-Imaje has the coding and marking solutions that make durable, quality printing of ingredients, sell-by dates, nutritional value and other data easy and cost-effective.

January 10, 2014
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