Microplastics and Nanoparticles and Food Contact Applications

Following our first webinar in this series on nanoparticles and microplastics, we take a more in depth look at the implications and regulatory considerations for nanoparticles and microplastics in food contact applications. There is growing concern that plastics could be entering the food chain as microscopic particles absorbed by fish and molluscs or contaminating food during production and processing or from plastic food packaging. 

Nanoparticles, on the other hand, can help provide useful functional properties in food packaging development such as anti-microbial properties, or act as nano-sensors which can detect specific chemical substances or toxins in food or can improve the properties of flexibility, gas and humidity barrier or UV absorption of the materials into which they are incorporated. Migration of nanoparticles from packaging is an area of concern because of their potential toxicity. 

During this webinar, our regulatory consultant, Helen Steele, introduced the potential issues, risks and regulatory guidance concerning both nanoparticles and microplastics in relation to food contact applications.

This webinar was broadcast live on April 22nd 2020. 

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