On March 9, 2018, the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) published a document entitled “Food packaging product stewardship considerations.” The document features a list of chemicals for which a replacement or minimization of use in packaging is suggested. It is non-binding but could be used “as a best practice for the formulation of food packaging for consumer products.”

The list was compiled with input from several major food and packaging brands. The substances and substance groups to be included were identified based on existing national and international regulations as well as “food and consumer safety considerations, environmental protection, negative impact on product quality,” and “consumer and retailer interest.” FSAP plans to “review and update the list periodically.”

FSAP is a technical committee of the U.S. Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP). This committee includes “individuals from food companies and the food packaging supply chain dedicated to raising food quality and safety awareness for the food packaging industry.”

Read more

FSAP and IOPP (March 9, 2018). “Food packaging product stewardship considerations.(pdf)

Tom Neltner (March 13, 2018). “A path to leadership: Food packaging product stewardship considerations released.EDF Health

Clelia Oziel (March 22, 2018). “U.S. food safety body issues ‘best practice’ on chemicals in packaging.Chemical Watch