Packaging Materials 7: Metal Packaging for Foodstuffs

The present report is the seventh in the report series on food packaging materials, which was commissioned by the ILSI Europe Packaging Materials Task Force. The report series aims to give a concise overview on specific packaging materials with regard to their uses as packaging material, their basic chemistry, safety and toxicology, regulation and environmental fate. The reports mainly address an audience in the packaging-producing and packaging-using sectors.

Metal packaging plays an important role in the process of food preservation. The common expression used to describe such a process is “canning”. Canned food has become an important part of the human diet in developed countries during the past century. It is of particular value in those parts of the world where no or limited refrigeration exists for storing food. It is a means of safely preserving foodstuffs without microbiological deterioration.

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