Packaging Materials 2: Polystyrene for Food Packaging Applications

ILSI Europe Report Series

Following a first report on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) published in 2000, a new report on polystyrene has been published in the ILSI Europe Report Series. Polystyrene and the styrene-butadiene copolymer plastics have been used as packaging materials for many years. Their special physical and chemical properties have made the plastics manufactured from polystyrene especially suitable for formation into a variety of packaging materials and articles for use with a wide range of foods and beverages. This report reviews the basic chemistry and characteristics of
polystyrene plastics packaging that come into direct contact with foods and beverages and their applications. It also addresses European and U.S. food contact regulations and casts light on related safety/toxicology and environmental issues.

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