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.


Scientific opinion supports rPP closed-loop use for food contact

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) says that there is no safety concern for the consumer if the recycling process “PP crates CHEP” is run in a cosed and controlled loop, as described by CHEP UK Ltd. The scientific opinion is based on a risk assessment requested by the dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and conducted by the EFSA CEF Panel (Panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids).
In the recycling process "PP crates CHEP", pre-cleaned damaged crates are ground into flakes, washed and dried. The flakes may be blended with virgin polypropylene or used up to 100% to manufacture rPP (recycled polypropylene) crates intended to be used for long term storage of whole fruits and vegetables and of pre-packed meat at room temperature or below. The recycling process should be verified periodically, as part of the good manufacturing practice (GMP) and accordingly to the EU regulations on food contact materials. Specifications for input (crates used within a product loop which is in a closed and controlled chain) as well as the cleaning of the crates during their service life should be kept under control to ensure that the process is run under the evaluated conditions.

GMP for food contact

image_thumb[2]The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) published a 30 page document on "Good Manufacturing Practice for the Manufacture of Paper and Board for Food Contact". The document contains a number of new concepts and methodologies, the detailed operation of which may be unfamiliar to some users. Published as "Issue 1", the document will be reviewed by the end of 2011. CEPI welcomes contributions. A copy is available on DOCS page.

Food safety management systems

ISO has launched a new CD that contains the ISO 22000 series of standards developed to help operators in the food chain to implement food safety management systems. The CD includes all ISO 22000 standards, in English and French:

ISO 22000: 2005
Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain
ISO 22000:2005/Cor 1:2006
Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain
ISO/TS 22003:2007
Food safety management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems
ISO/TS 22004: 2005
Food safety management systems — Guidance on the application of ISO 22000:2005
ISO 22005:2007
Traceability in the feed and food chain — General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation
ISO/IEC 17021:2006
Conformity assessment — Requirements

For more information,

Packaging Conference during PACK EXPO

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will present The Packaging Learning Center conference program at PACK EXPO International 2010 (Chicago, October 31–November 3).
The program, which runs November 1–3, includes sessions focusing on a range of topics that are top of mind with packaging professionals, including sustainability and food safety. The sessions, open to all PACK EXPO attendees, will be led bya mix of end users, industry consultants and suppliers.