Sustainable Food Contact Materials in the European Healthcare Sector
In this publication by Health Care Without Harm Europe has been gathered information on the health and environmental risks of commonly used food contact materials(FCMs), including plastics, paper, board, and bio-based materials.
Some harmful substances present in FCMs can end up in human bodies through leaching or migrating into food and they can have potential long-term health effects on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
It is therefore important to strengthen the current EU regulatory framework concerning FCMs and packaging waste, to provide legal certainty on the safety of FCMs, and to promote the sustainable use of these items.
The document includes the assessment of the regulatory shortcomings that enable the risks, and provide recommendations for healthcare food services and policy makers to reduce them.