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A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials.

Seltenrich N - Environ. Health Perspect. (2015)

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Due primarily to consumer demand, health concerns represent the largest force driving innovation within the food-packaging industry today, Hotchkiss says. “I believe the safety issues will continue to grow, and those who can assure consumers that they are concerned about it and are doing what they can to address it will be rewarded in the marketplace,” he says. “Those that don’t will be punished in the marketplace. ” People around the world are familiar with bisphenol A (BPA) and concerns about its migration into food and drink from plastic bottles, metal cans, and other consumer products... To date U.S. and European authorities have concluded, based on the available evidence, that the levels of BPA that currently occur in foods are safe for all consumers... BPA is just one of many known or suspected endocrine disruptors commonly found in food packaging that can migrate into food and drink... It’s not like the solutions are out there, if only the companies could be matched up with those solutions... I really feel we are inventions away from success. ” Much of Warner’s personal research centers on developing biobased plastics (i.e., derived from renewable biomass sources) that are safer, cheaper, and as effective as traditional fossil-fuel plastics for food packaging... Valspar Corporation, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer that bills itself as the number-one global supplier of coatings for metal packaging, is motivated to develop an EA-free can lining for use with a wide variety of foods... And staff toxicologist Mark Maier, who’s leading the company’s efforts, thinks he’s found it... As to whether Schmidt’s design will ultimately show any estrogenic activity, which CertiChem’s tests on Tritan suggest it could, he admits there’s some uncertainty. “We do need to do more to ensure that everything is okay in all respects,” he says. “One of the main reasons we chose CBDO was for its structure, which bears little or no resemblance to known endocrine disruptors... In addition, Klump says Nestlé aims to phase out BPA from all its can linings and polycarbonate plastics by the end of 2015, but he did not specify which alternatives the company is embracing... Nevertheless, through these directives, Nestlé can use its sheer size to spur innovation within the food-packaging industry, and companies selling safer inks and adhesives can tout their compliance with Nestlé’s guidance as a benchmark, as SPGPrints has done with its new line of low-migration ultraviolet inkjet inks... Other large food producers hold similar sway, says Jane Muncke, managing director and chief scientific officer of the Switzerland-based Food Packaging Forum, a nonprofit foundation formed in 2012 to communicate information about food packaging and health. “They have such big buying power they’ll just switch suppliers if they’re not happy with the product. ” In this sense, the onus is often on packaging suppliers to make their products safer, which many are trying to do... The caps still contain a plastic seal—a polyolefin-based elastomer called Provalin®... While migration is not eliminated, Pano claims that migration levels are significantly lower compared with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its many additives. (The rubbery gaskets on almost all glass-jar lids available today contain PVC, which can leach a host of chemicals, including phthalate plasticizers, directly into foods... This is particularly true for fatty and oily foods. ) However, like relying on dry-food barriers to reduce migration rather than eliminating the harmful chemicals in the first place, Muncke sees Pano’s lids as only a small step in the right direction. “It’s kind of a half-solution,” she says. “It doesn’t solve the whole issue. ” Some nongovernmental organizations are taking steps to get specific chemicals removed from food packaging.

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Packaging PathwaysThese are just a few of the potential routes of chemical migration from food packaging itself. However, foods and beverages also can be contaminated prior to packaging, through handling and storage of either finished products or their ingredients.© Roy Scott
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A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials.

Seltenrich N - Environ. Health Perspect. (2015)

Packaging PathwaysThese are just a few of the potential routes of chemical migration from food packaging itself. However, foods and beverages also can be contaminated prior to packaging, through handling and storage of either finished products or their ingredients.© Roy Scott
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f2: Packaging PathwaysThese are just a few of the potential routes of chemical migration from food packaging itself. However, foods and beverages also can be contaminated prior to packaging, through handling and storage of either finished products or their ingredients.© Roy Scott

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Due primarily to consumer demand, health concerns represent the largest force driving innovation within the food-packaging industry today, Hotchkiss says. “I believe the safety issues will continue to grow, and those who can assure consumers that they are concerned about it and are doing what they can to address it will be rewarded in the marketplace,” he says. “Those that don’t will be punished in the marketplace. ” People around the world are familiar with bisphenol A (BPA) and concerns about its migration into food and drink from plastic bottles, metal cans, and other consumer products... To date U.S. and European authorities have concluded, based on the available evidence, that the levels of BPA that currently occur in foods are safe for all consumers... BPA is just one of many known or suspected endocrine disruptors commonly found in food packaging that can migrate into food and drink... It’s not like the solutions are out there, if only the companies could be matched up with those solutions... I really feel we are inventions away from success. ” Much of Warner’s personal research centers on developing biobased plastics (i.e., derived from renewable biomass sources) that are safer, cheaper, and as effective as traditional fossil-fuel plastics for food packaging... Valspar Corporation, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer that bills itself as the number-one global supplier of coatings for metal packaging, is motivated to develop an EA-free can lining for use with a wide variety of foods... And staff toxicologist Mark Maier, who’s leading the company’s efforts, thinks he’s found it... As to whether Schmidt’s design will ultimately show any estrogenic activity, which CertiChem’s tests on Tritan suggest it could, he admits there’s some uncertainty. “We do need to do more to ensure that everything is okay in all respects,” he says. “One of the main reasons we chose CBDO was for its structure, which bears little or no resemblance to known endocrine disruptors... In addition, Klump says Nestlé aims to phase out BPA from all its can linings and polycarbonate plastics by the end of 2015, but he did not specify which alternatives the company is embracing... Nevertheless, through these directives, Nestlé can use its sheer size to spur innovation within the food-packaging industry, and companies selling safer inks and adhesives can tout their compliance with Nestlé’s guidance as a benchmark, as SPGPrints has done with its new line of low-migration ultraviolet inkjet inks... Other large food producers hold similar sway, says Jane Muncke, managing director and chief scientific officer of the Switzerland-based Food Packaging Forum, a nonprofit foundation formed in 2012 to communicate information about food packaging and health. “They have such big buying power they’ll just switch suppliers if they’re not happy with the product. ” In this sense, the onus is often on packaging suppliers to make their products safer, which many are trying to do... The caps still contain a plastic seal—a polyolefin-based elastomer called Provalin®... While migration is not eliminated, Pano claims that migration levels are significantly lower compared with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its many additives. (The rubbery gaskets on almost all glass-jar lids available today contain PVC, which can leach a host of chemicals, including phthalate plasticizers, directly into foods... This is particularly true for fatty and oily foods. ) However, like relying on dry-food barriers to reduce migration rather than eliminating the harmful chemicals in the first place, Muncke sees Pano’s lids as only a small step in the right direction. “It’s kind of a half-solution,” she says. “It doesn’t solve the whole issue. ” Some nongovernmental organizations are taking steps to get specific chemicals removed from food packaging.

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