Food is essential to health and wellbeing. And food packaging plays a critical role in the storage of food, but it also has many other important functionalities in today’s complex, globalized food systems. Food packaging and food processing equipment that are free from hazardous chemicals and that do not contain unknown or untested chemicals are beneficial to society, because they do not negatively impact human health. Food packaging that is made from inert materials and works in closed loops helps to protect the environment.
But today, food packaging and other food contact articles can contain thousands of different chemical substances. Some of these chemicals are known to be hazardous to humans and the environment, and many can transfer into food and harm consumers or transfer into the environment and harm wildlife. Most articles today are also still being used within a linear economy that results in an overuse of resources and detrimental environmental pollution.
The Food Packaging Forum reviews, structures, synthesizes and communicates current, scientific knowledge as well as the relevant knowledge gaps to different decision makers across the entire life cycle of food contact materials and articles. This includes to experts in academia, civil society, industry, regulatory authorities, and media. Our work enables knowledge-based change with the aim of better protecting humans and the environment from the negative impacts of food packaging and other types of food contact articles.