A team of international researchers recently issued a warning concerning chemicals in single-use plastic and food packaging in general. More than 200 NGOs have signed a call to action to raise awareness on this crucial health issue. Read the full story here.
The UK’s Food and Drink Federation has repeated its pleas that it wants to keep trading ties closely aligned with the EU’s after British prime minister Boris Johnson dismissed fears about food standards as ‘mumbo jumbo’ and implied that GM food imports from the US would be allowed. Read the full article here
Banning or reducing single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is a growing trend in Asia. The amount of plastic waste generated by Vietnamese people is approximately 2,500 tons of plastic waste per day. Supermarkets in Vietnam recently decided to make use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative for fruits and vegetables. Read […]
On July 10, the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee voted to strengthen the Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. MEPs called for a number of measures that go beyond the Commission’s original proposals, including a ban on microplastics in some products by 2020. Read more here.
EFSA has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The guidance focuses on the safety assessment for human and animal health and covers areas such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives and pesticides. Read more here.
Secondo gli studi del centro Enea, oltre l’80% dei rifiuti che invadono i litorali italiani è rappresentato da plastiche, che finiscono poi in mare dove nel corso degli anni diventano «microplastiche». Queste particelle quasi invisibili ad occhio nudo vengono ingerite dai pesci e ce le ritroviamo nella catena alimentare, ovvero nel piatto. Leggi il reportage […]
According to Dr Milka Sokolović from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), function of food packaging has traditionally been limited to passive protection from external influences, but innovations are quickly changing its role. Packaging is getting active and intelligent, able to monitor and interact with food and environment and maintain food freshness for longer. Read the […]
“Negozio Leggero”, la catena italiana di prodotti senza imballaggi, sbarca a Parigi. Il 23 giugno apre il primo negozio del franchising nella capitale francese, in zona Republique.”Una famiglia di 4 persone che si rifornisce abitualmente al Negozio Leggero può arrivare a risparmiare oltre 200 kg di rifiuti in un anno”, spiega l’ufficio stampa della catena. […]
Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever will start to add the Evolved Nutrition Label (ENL) to products in some EU countries, they announced on 3 May. Read the full article on Food Navigator here.
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe published on 10 April has revealed that plastic food packaging has not tackled Europe’s food waste problem and may be actually fuelling it. Read […]