The research project “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging (HCPP): State of the art, prioritization, and assessment” is a multi-partner collaboration led by the Food Packaging Forum (FPF). The project is funded by a grant from the charitable Swiss-based MAVA Foundation and will run from mid-2017 until mid-2019.

The aim of the project is to compile current scientific information and make it accessible to all stakeholders. A special focus will be placed on human and environmental health, as well as socio-economic impact. Further, the project will also analyze substitution options for the most hazardous chemicals.

15 May 2018: First results will be presented at the SETAC Europe conference on May 15, 2018 (download the extended abstract). A blog article describing the presentation and the slides are available on our project partner CHEM Trust’s webpage.

20 July 2018: The manuscript “Chemicals associated with plastic packaging: Inventory and hazards.” has been submitted to the peer-reviewed scientific journal Science of The Total Environment. The manuscript is available as preprint, together with the database on Chemicals associated with Plastic Packaging (CPPdb). A blog article is available on our project partner CHEM Trust’s webpage.

27 September 2018: A report on “Prioritization approaches for hazardous chemicals associated with plastic packaging” was published on the FPF website. It describes two case studies prioritizing substances in terms of their impact on the environment and human health.

4 October 2018: The final article “Overview of known plastic packaging-associated chemicals and their hazards” is published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Science of The Total Environment.

12 September 2019: A final event was held in Gothenburg, Sweden to present and discuss results of the project. The talks were recorded and are publicly available for viewing.


Food Packaging Forum: Dr. Jane Muncke, Dr. Ksenia Groh, Dr. Birgit Geueke

University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences: Dr. Bethanie Carney-Almroth, Prof. Thomas Backhaus, Dr. Pedro Inostroza

University of Gothenburg, Centre for Environment & Sustainability: Dr. Daniel Slunge

Dr. Maricel Maffini, independent consultant, Baltimore, MD, USA

New York University, School of Medicine: Prof. Leonardo Trasande

ChemSec International Chemical Secretariat: Dr. Anna Lennquist, Dr. Jonathan Kleimark

CHEM Trust: Dr. Michael Warhurst, Dr. Anna Watson

previously involved in the project: Dr. Heather Leslie, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands.





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