On January 10, 2019, law firm Keller and Heckman LLP reprinted an article that was originally “published in the online version of the American Bar Association’s The SciTech Lawyer, Winter 2019 edition.” The article offers a historical perspective on food packaging regulations in the U.S., describes current regulations, and discusses “how the U.S. regulatory scheme compares to other jurisdictions throughout the world.”

The article’s authors observe that “over the last few years” food packaging received “increased scrutiny concerning the safety of food contact materials.” They suggest that “some of the concern stems from advances in technology and the need for [the] FDA [(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)] to review some of the decisions it made prior to those advances, but it is also due to attacks by environmental groups and other self-defined ‘public interest’ organizations on the safety of food packaging materials.” Therefore, “the food and food packaging industries will need to keep abreast of the latest science and how it fits in with the statutory and regulatory requirements designed to assure the safety of packaging materials for use with food.”

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Keller and Heckman LLP (January 10, 2019). “The regulation of food packaging.