Scientifically addressing the main challenges in the safety and quality of food contact materials

Background

European citizens discard on average 170 kg of packaging per person every year, more than two thirds come from food. It is therefore important to find a good balance between the benefits of packaging in terms of food protection and its impact on the environment.

Objectives

For more than 30 years, the Task Force has strived to understand the challenges to ensure safe food contact materials for food consumption by:

  • Evaluating food contact materials safety and their interactions with food to ensure consumers’ safety at minimal environmental impact.
  • Addressing recent improvements in food production and distribution, leading to an increased sophistication of food packaging.

Impact

Since 2000, the Task Force has published a series of guidance documents on packaging materials recognised and used by industries and universities.
In June 2020, the Task Force organised the first web-seminar to discuss the balance between functionality, convenience and sustainability of food packaging. More than 100 participants joined the web-seminar, including 30 representatives of public authorities and agencies.

Upcoming

The 7th International Food Packaging Symposium will be held on 2022. A new workshop to define gaps and knowledge in the risk assessment for potential migrants in food contact materials and articles will be held in Q1 2021.

Expected results

The ongoing activity Best Practices for Identifying and Quantifying Unknown Migrants from Food Contact Materials is expected to complete their final draft in Q3 2020. The draft will be discussed at an international workshop organised back-to-back with the 7th International Packaging Symposium.
Organised every four years and attended by more than 300 experts, the International Symposia on Food Packaging provide a unique platform to discuss the science of the safety and quality of food packaging.

Webinar 12 June 2020 –  Food Packaging: is it just for protection or there is more to it? 

For more detailed information, please contact Dr Simeon Bourdoux at sbourdoux@ilsieurope.be at or Adam Coventry at acoventry@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members


* Scientific Advisors

Expert Groups

Best Practices for Identifying and Quantifying Unknown Migrants from Food Contact Materials (FCMs)

Background & Objectives
The NIAS (Non-Intentionally Added Substances) are present in all Food Contact Materials. However, there is no common methodology on how to perform the sample preparation, analysis, or on how to identify and more importantly quantify the migrants.
This activity aims to provide best practices to identify and quantify unknown migrants from FCMs, with widely differing characteristics and applicable to any type of single use FCM. The objective is to determine whether a set of basic golden rules could align procedures.

Output
This activity will result in a recommendation document that will determine potential best practices to align methods available for untargeted screening and future testing.
To develop it, the draft will be discussed at an international workshop organised back-to-back with the 7th International Packaging Symposium.

Mineral Oil Risk Assessment: Knowledge Gaps and Roadmap
In collaboration with the Process-Related Compounds and Natural Toxins Task Force

7th International Symposium on Food Packaging
Due to COVID19 pandemic, the symposium had to be postponed to 2022. Specific dates to be determined.

Background & Objectives
The ILSI Europe International Symposium on Food Packaging is held every four years. It is internationally recognised as a scientific forum to discuss and move forward the science that supports safety and innovation in the field, with minimal environmental impact.
This conference of experts facilitates transfer of knowledge and brings innovative solutions to the most pressing issues in this field. The proceedings of these symposia are published in Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A.

Output
The 7th International Symposium on Food Packaging will be held on 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

This three-day conference will be structured around 4 main themes:
1. Advances in analytical techniques;
2. Progress in toxicological prediction and assessment;
3. Progress in risk assessment;
4. Food Contact Materials in circular economy.

Expert Group Members

Best Practices for Identifying and Quantifying Unknown Migrants from Food Contact Materials (FCMs)

7th International Symposium on Food Packaging
Due to COVID19 pandemic, the symposium had to be postponed to 2022. Specific dates to be determined.

Organising Committee Members

Scientific Committee Members

Publications

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