EDQM guide on European paper and board FCM regulations

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) publishes “technical guidance relating to the requirements, compliance testing and supporting documentation for paper and board materials” used in food contact materials and articles; includes overview of European FCM regulations, aims to harmonize paper and board regulation; provides instructions to test compliance, detect recycled materials, prepare supporting documentation

Study: migration into dry foods higher than US FDA assumption

Comprehensive literature review in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants investigates substance migration into dry foods and food simulants; review analyses: foods off store shelves, foods and food simulants in experimental settings, food particle characteristics, and packaging material; finds migration commonly exceeds 50 µg/kg assumed migration rate of dry foods according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Thailand proposes draft regulation for paper FCMs

Thailand publishes draft regulation for chemicals in paper food contact materials (FCMs), affects non-colored paper and board containers; limits concentrations of heavy metals, phthalates, bisphenol A and benzophenone; draft open for consultation until May 11, 2021

Survey quantifies consumer perceptions by packaging types

2019 EcoFocus Trends Survey finds consumers perceive glass and paper-based packaging as most healthy and eco-friendly, 64% of millennials willing to pay for eco-friendly products

Nestlé launches packaging research institute

Swiss multinational food and drink company holds inauguration event for new institute to focus on food packaging research; focus to be placed on re-useable packaging, simplifying packaging design, transitioning to paper and biodegradable and compostable plastics

Recycling challenges for McDonald’s paper straws

Restaurant chain working with waste management providers in the UK and Ireland to improve recycling of its paper straws; paper thickness initially causing recycling complications, straws being treated temporarily with general waste until solution found

Nestlé launches replacement paper wrapping

Paper with water-based coating replaces polypropylene film for wrapping snack bars, high-throughput process can flow wrap 500 snack bars per minute, guarantees shelf life equal to that of plastic alternative

Recyclability guidelines for paper and board

New guidelines to help retailers and designers understand recyclability of paper and board-based packaging, promote use of packaging most easily processed by paper mills

Ecolabel criteria for chemicals in paper products

EU Commission issues decision banning SVHCs, metal-based pigments, and dyes in EU Ecolabel graphic and tissue paper products