New York bans the use of PFAS in food packaging to fight contamination

US – The US state of New York has officially banned the use of polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in food packaging materials. The ban is one of several new laws limiting the use of 1,4-dioxane, perfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS and other chemicals in household cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, food packaging and children’s products across the state. Effective on January 1, the ban…

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IFCO opens new service hub in Morocco to drive export of sustainable fresh produce

MOROCCO – Munich-based provider of reusable packaging containers IFCO has announced the opening of its first service hub in Casablanca to support retail partners in importing fresh products from Morocco. With this expansion, IFCO takes the lead in supporting its retail partners by enabling environmentally friendly imports of fresh produce from the northern African nation. “We are delighted to expand…

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Microban develops antimicrobial water-based coating for extended shelf life

US – Microban International has launched LapisShield, a novel, non-heavy-metal technology designed to seamlessly integrate antimicrobial functionality into any water-based coating formulation. The technology inhibits bacterial growth by up to 99.99%, preventing the formation of mold and mildew, protecting treated surfaces from microbial degradation. Michael Ruby, President at Microban International, says: “We are excited to introduce LapisShield as the latest…

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FDA proposes amendment to requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging

US – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended an amendment to the requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging, so as to be consistent with present nutrition science, the Nutrition Facts label and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed rule intends to more accurately take into account how nutrients from different food groups interact and…

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South Africans call out for bold front-of-package warning labels on food packages

SOUTH AFRICA – South African advocacy group Healthy Living Alliance (Heala) has rolled out a nationwide campaign titled ‘What’s in our Food?’, urging consumers to question what hidden ingredients can be found in pre-packaged foods. The media campaign is calling for bold front-of-package labels (FoPLs) alerting people that products are high in nutrients of concern such as salt, sugar, and…

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United Caps develops innovative cap to reduce food waste in partnership with Mimica

LUXEMBOURG – International manufacturer of caps and closures, United Caps has launched Touchcap closures in collaboration with Mimica in a bid to reduce food waste. The newly launched cap is reportedly designed for all types of perishable products, from food to pharmaceuticals, the cap is intended to reduce food waste and increase consumer food safety. The concept for Mimica Touchcap…

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Berry Global’s Cleanstream technologies receives FDA approval

US – Berry Global’s CleanStream recycling technology, has been granted a Letter of No Objection (LNO) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The LNO confirms that the post-consumer recycled (PCR) PP produced by the CleanStream process can be used in levels up to 100% recycled content for food contact applications. CleanStream is Berry’s proprietary, world-leading process and the…

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