image_thumb[1]The international meeting MeetingPack 2017 will be held on 30 and 31 May in Valencia (Spain). It is organized by AINIA CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO and AIMPLAS and it will bring together more than 300 experts in food plastic packaging from different countries. 

The event brings together the whole food packaging value chain. Big food multinationals, packaging, materials and packaging equipment manufacturers, as well as representatives of the distribution sector and other agents, such as public managers that plan the management and control policies in Europe, experts in food legislation and technologists will attend the event. Some of the companies that have already confirmed the attendance are UBE, Dow Chemical, Repsol, M&G and Danone.

image_thumb[3]This edition focuses on the topic «Convenience: Driving Barrier Packaging Innovation», where the big global technologic challenges in this field will be discussed, challenges like barrier materials, new manufacturing and packaging systems, sealable and reclosable materials, additive manufacturing, industry 4.0, sustainable packages and recycling, active packages and advances in quality test and control. To see the programm of MWEETINGPACK 2017, click HERE.

Packages, in particular with barrier material, play a current and future demand-driven key role of the convenience requirement of European consumers and the challenge of overcoming the food waste or the need of increasing the shelf life of products and the food safety.

Furthermore, it coincides with the event Made From Plastic 2017, which had more than 100 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors in its last editions.


Focus on logistics and intralogistics

image[3]REVIPACK N.º 230 features a report about the new beer bottling plant of UNICER and its new automated warehouse. This major industrial investment includes technological solutions from KHS (bottling lines), warehouse automation (EFACEC) and drives (SEW-EURODRIVE).
This edition is focused on logistics and intralogistics. Why wood pallets continue to be preferred? The answer lies in the combination of quality, price and sustainability, says Paulo Verdasca, manager of MADECA. CHEP highlights the economic and environmental advantages of collaborative transportation.
However, there is also a market for plastic pallets, with specific solutions as those developed by NORTPALET and IPS-Cabka.
Palletizing is more than just put the product on a pallet. This edition of REVIPACK also highlights strapping systems and stretch wrapping films. REMBALCOM has developed a new stretch film with stretching capacity of 400%.
In the field of intralogistics, this issue highlights several conveying solutions. ANTÍPODA, for example, is doing more and more business within the European market with modular solutions customer designed.
In this edition, REVIPACK also features several innovations and trends in food packaging, packaging machines and labeling and coding systems.
The digital REVIPACK edition (PDF file) has been sent to Subscribers. To read it online just on the cover image.

PET recycling – a positive evaluation from EFSA


EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, evaluated ten recycling processes of post-consumer PET packaging waste used by several companies, including Evertis, from Portugal. All processes are based on the "basic technology" from EREMA, a recycling equipment manufacturer based in Austria.


Detailed information on PO for food contact

imageSABIC, one of the biggest polyolefins (polyethylenes and polypropylenes) producer, has now all of its food safety and compliance declarations available on line, three years ahead of the required 2016 deadline. The declarations are available on the European pages of the company.

The new regulations involve more stringent testing on the ways migration from packaging into food is tested. As these new regulations come into force over the next three years, plastics processors and packaging companies will need to seek further assurances on compliance from their materials suppliers.

EU Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011 (PIM) came into force on May 1, 2011, and introduces several changes to regulations embodied in Council Directive 82/711/EC, particularly with reference to testing conditions for migration of individual chemicals and in what can be used in the tests to simulate actual foods. There are changes to the duration of some tests, to the temperatures at which some tests are carried out, and to the simulants for aqueous and alcoholic products inside the packaging. However, the new regulation will not become compulsory until January 1, 2016.

For PE and PP, SABIC already has assessed all substances regulated with a Specific Migration Limit (SML) under the new conditions (10 days at 60ºC). Its tests showed that none of its PE or PP materials will be subject to additional restrictions for use in food contact applications.

Food contact legislation in Europe is based on the principle that all substances are forbidden unless they are explicitly allowed. As far as migration from the package to the contents is concerned, there are strict limits on specific migration (SML, relating to individual chemicals) and overall migration (OML, the sum of all specific migrations).

While there is no formal obligation for them to execute migration tests, all manufacturers of plastics raw materials have to provide a Document of Conformity (DoC) to their direct customer, providing confirmation that the material meets the relevant legal requirements. Additionally, they have to disclose the identity of monomers and additives, regulated with an SML and/or QM restriction, as well as the identity of “dual-use” additives, and they have to provide information on restrictions of use if relevant.

For any questions regarding SABIC product safety information, click HERE.

In January 2013, SABIC held a customer e-seminar on the new testing requirements for food packaging under the EU food contact regulation. To view or get a copy of the presentation, click HERE.

Phenylbutazone risks in horsemeat

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the risks to human health from the presence in horsemeat of residues of the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone. The request follows the recent identification of beef products contaminated with horsemeat and the discovery of phenylbutazone – also known as “bute” – in a small number of horse carcasses intended for the food chain.

The European Union agencies will provide scientific advice by 15 April 2013 to help inform decision-making of the European Commission with regard to these recent findings.

Phenylbutazone is used sparingly in human medicine for the treatment of severe inflammatory conditions where no other treatment is considered suitable. In veterinary medicine its use is permitted in some Member States for pain relief and to reduce inflammation in non-food producing animals (dogs, sport horses).

Phenylbutazone is not permitted to be used in the treatment of animals destined for the human food chain and any presence of the substance in food of animal origin therefore results from the illegal use of carcasses of treated horses.

Meeting on technological and legislative challenges in food packaging

image_thumbNeeds such as packaging, materials and equipment manufacturers, technologists in RTD will be discussed by experts in law and management and control policies in Europe, during the first international meeting on "Technological and legislative challenges in food packaging", from the 17th to the 19th of April, in Valencia, Spain. The meeting is organised by AIMPLAS and ainia (Spanish technological centers). For three days, more than 150 professionals will gather to listen to the world’s leading experts in food law on applications such as container and barrier solutions and packaging systems. Continue reading

Food Safety: better is never good enough

Food products were never safer, more varied, or of such high quality than they are today. Nevertheless, there is a discrepancy between food facts and public perception. The food industry therefore has no other choice but to communicate openly, provide objective information, and rely on high-quality, state-of-the-art safety technologies.  
The public is repeatedly shocked by isolated cases of food safety and hygiene violations, and some incidents really are scandalous. Ultimately, there can be no hundred per cent guarantee that companies won’t violate their obligations to consumers, or even deliberately commit criminal acts. However, policies are often formulated on the basis of extreme individual cases in order to demonstrate determination to act. This doesn’t put an end to the scandals; it simply increases the tendency to raise a hue and cry rather than promoting a more open flow of information and the development of knowledge-based solutions. The overwhelming majority of exemplary and compliant food manufacturers are virtually powerless to do anything against this. Their only remaining option is to go on the offensive with objective information, while also keeping in mind that food issues are perceived very emotionally by the public and are also presented in this manner by the media.

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