In a blog post published on March 13, 2018 by U.S. non-profit organization Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director at EDF, and Maricel Maffini, independent consultant, informed about a new industry document on best practice recommendations for the formulation of food packaging. The document was released by the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP) on March 9, 2018 and includes a list of chemicals of concern recommended to be avoided or reduced in food packaging (FPF reported). This list includes, among others, heavy metals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), (poly)styrene, ortho-phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7). The document also makes recommendations regarding the use of recycled materials for food contact.

Neltner and Maffini encourage “all companies in the food supply chain . . . to use . . . [the document] to strengthen their stewardship efforts, increase transparency and better integrate legal requirements, food safety, product quality, environmental protection, and consumer interest.”

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