On June 10, 2020, Justin Boucher from the Food Packaging Forum presented on the ongoing, multi-stakeholder debate related to the safety of reusable food packaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March 2020, there have been increasing discussions surrounding the safety of food packaging and its potential role in transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 virus (FPF reported). Industry groups have called to delay pending regulation related to single-use food packaging, and non-governmental organizations have called for investments to increase resilience and not disrupt progress towards expanding reuse and transitioning towards a zero-waste society (FPF reported). However, there have been mixed reactions from governments and within society, leading to a pause of many potential packaging regulations and initiatives (FPF reported).
More information and links to the sources referred in the presentation as well as other government and stakeholder announcements are provided on the Food Packaging Forum’s Coronavirus and Packaging webpage.
Food Packaging Forum (June 2020). “Coronavirus and Packaging.”