The European Union (and others—including policy makers, companies, and organizations—have recently announced goals to reduce or eliminate the amount of plastic packaging sent to landfills.
Since food contamination occurs mostly at the surface of food, food packaging plays an important role in preventing the growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms.
The regulations of food contact packaging materials, or, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refers to them, “indirect food additives” are explored in detail. What do you need to know?
The most critical Good Manufacturing Practice requirement for packaging materials is that they be suitably pure for their intended use.
Food companies must look for solutions that allow the package to do what it needs to do: protect the product.
Does packaging pose a risk, and how should it be addressed in your food safety management system?
Interpreting voluntary advisory statements on products containing a gluten-free certification is a frequent and understandable source of confusion for both consumers and retailers.
It’s time for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reassess some additive clearances based on updated data.
What your company puts on the food label has many implications, from consumer choice to regulatory compliance. Learn how you may be affected by labeling trends.
There is a real need for risk-based preventive controls to pinpoint food safety issues along the food supply chain.
Although no one disputes FDA’s interpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental issue has only once prevented a clearance for a food packaging material from proceeding.
What does the term “gluten-free” actually mean to processors? To consumers?
The benefits of nanotechnology for the food industry are many and are expected to grow with time.
For several years, legislative bodies throughout the country have struggled with the issue of whether to label food products as containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or bioengineered food.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a report with recommendations for improving the situation for individuals with food allergies.
Packaging automation can reduce the risk of undeclared allergen recalls for your company. Find out how.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 defines both food additives and food contact substances.
While clean labels may be associated with natural, organic and nongenetically modified organism claims, the term does not necessarily equate to natural or organic.
There are many misperceptions about the safety and recycling of foodservice industry items made of expanded polystyrene foam.
It is important for manufacturers of organic or clean-label products to select packaging that helps them deliver on brand promises of purity.