Safe and circular: Making food contact material work for consumers and the environment (updated)



Packaging is essential to preserve the safety and quality of food for consumers all across Europe. Food Contact Materials (FCMs) help maintain food and drinks’ standards and safeguard public health.

But packaging is also an essential component of the Circular Economy, with materials having to meet specific recycling targets. More and more effort is therefore being put at European level to use recycled material for new packaging. For example, the EU Plastics Strategy highlights the need to boost demand for recycled plastics, including in food-contact applications. This could however have an impact on the quality and safety of FCMs, since the traceability of certain waste streams is fragmented.

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