On June 12-14, 2019, the UNWRAPPED Conference took place in Scotts Valley, California, U.S (FPF reported). The event brought together 120 scientists, advocates, progressive industry, and communicators from around the world to share knowledge and experience on chemicals in food packaging. The event aimed “to empower scientists, activists, health providers, and corporate leaders to protect public health and the environment from food packaging chemicals and plastics,” using the most current scientific understanding.

Scientists from the Food Packaging Forum presented on the second day of the conference in a session titled “Materials & Chemicals in Food Packaging.” Presentations from this session are included below. Other talks over the three day event covered topics including human health, the circular economy, regulatory challenges, microplastics, and tools for assessing the impacts of food packaging. A set of talks also summarized recent advocacy work in China, Southeast Asia, the U.S., and Europe. All of the presentations from the conference are available to watch on the event’s website.