Recycled Plastics for Food Contact

eBook considering issues specific to the use of recycled materials in food contact applications, alongside current regulations and future trends.

Product detail
Product type: Books
Date of publication: 31 Dec 2010
Product format: Online
Number of pages: 53

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There are a number of key issues relating to the use of recycled plastic for food contact applications: that contaminants from the post-consumer material may appear in the final food-contact product made from the recycled material; that recycled post-consumer material not regulated for food contact use may be incorporated into food contact packaging; and that additives/agents in the recycled plastic may not comply with the regulations for food contact use.

This e-book provides an authoritative overview of these important issues.

Contents

Executive summary

Introduction and methodology

  • Report scope
  • Report objective
  • Methodology
  • List of definitions

The food packaging industry

  • Current issues (e.g. regulatory, technical) surrounding the use of recycled plastics for food contact applications 
  • Drivers and challenges recycled plastics producers face in trying to supply to this market

Recycled plastics for food packaging

  • Quality recycled plastics for food-grade applications 
  • Candidate plastics (PP, PE)
  • Recycling methods (mechanical, chemical, closed-loop, open-loop)
  • Processing technologies
  • Applications (one-time use, multiple use)
  • Recycled product forms (bottles, food containers, trays)

Regulatory landscape

  • Current regulations and initiatives surrounding the use of recycled plastics for food contact applications 
  • EU Regulation (EC) No. 282/2008 
  • European Food Safety Authority's guideline document for those wishing to process recycled plastics
  • US FDA food contact guidelines 
  • Contaminant testing procedures

Future trends

  • Outlook for the use of recycled plastics in food contact applications over the next five-10 years
  • Plastics processing technologies on the horizon
  • New food packaging materials (e.g. bio-based polymers)
  • Emerging regulations
  • Standards, testing methods

Tables and Figures

  • Summary of food contact legislation in North America relevant to recycled plastic materials
  • Exemptions that have been issued under 21 CFR 170.39 Threshold of Regulation for substances used in food contact
  • Summary of Food-Contact Notification approvals
  • Legislation in part 177 of title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, titled 'Indirect Food Additives: Polymers'
  • Summary of food contact legislation in the European Union relevant to recycled plastic materials
  • Member state with national recycled plastic food contact legislation and date of last update
  • Impact of REACH on the trade of recycled plastics depending on their nature
  • Summary of food contact legislation in the non-EU countries relevant to recycled plastic materials
  • Summary of food contact legislation in Asia, Australia and New Zealand relevant to plastic materials
  • Summary of food contact legislation in the Middle East relevant to recycled plastic materials
  • A comparison between the US FDA and EU recycled plastic food contact approval systems
  • The US FDA-recommended food simulants for different food types
  • Acceptable recoveries for analytes in fortification and recovery experiments
  • Food simulants and food types
  • Food simulants to be selected for testing food contact materials in special cases
  • Conventional conditions for migration tests with food simulants