An article published on October 10, 2014 by the industry news provider Food Production Daily discusses the presentation by Konrad Grob from the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton Zurich, Switzerland, held at the recent FPF’s workshop. Grob emphasized in his talk that the benefits of organic food consumption are counteracted by the contamination of these foods with substances from food contact materials (FCMs). He implied that consumers should take an equally critical look at substances used in FCMs as they already do at pesticides. According to Grob, the major issues regarding contamination from FCMs are oligomers, reaction products and impurities (ORPIs). He suggested that the most prominent knowledge gaps in FCM safety need to be defined and described in a transparent manner (“gap descriptions”) by companies and registered with national and European authorities such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Jenny Eagle (October 10, 2014). “‘There is a big gap in food safety – why should people trust FCMs if they don’t trust pesticides” Food Production Daily.