Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, conducted an expert presentation on
‘Safety for Food Contact Plastic Packaging” to participants interested in thermoformed and injection molded packaging value chain during the Quality & Safety Assurance and Testing Session of Thin Wall Packaging Asia 2017 in Singapore on September 19, 2017.
Libby Fong, Trinseo’s Product Stewardship Specialist, discussed foamed and non-foamed polystyrene (PS) resins used in common food contact applications. The main topics covered included:
“Polystyrene is widely accepted by various authorities and has been approved to be used in food contact applications by the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission/European Food Safety Authority in Europe, the Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Control, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as well as the Food and Drug Administration in the United States,” said Fong. “There is abundant scientific evidence stating that styrene at typical exposure levels cause no long-term health problems.”
There are several things to consider when choosing the best packaging material. All packaging leaves an environmental footprint regardless of material type. It takes energy and raw materials to produce, transport, and recover or dispose of all materials. So it is important to measure all these impacts throughout the entire lifecycle of the product.
Styrene exists naturally in many foods & beverages. The amount of styrene that migrates from PS packaging is far below the acceptable standards for exposure. Replacing PS in food service by alternative materials would significantly increase waste.
Fong concluded that compared to other alternatives, plastic is a better material to use for food packaging. It is economical, can be used in hygienic applications, keeps food hot or cold, and can lead to less food waste.
Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to help our customers create products that touch lives every day — products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives — across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees. For more information visit www.trinseo.com.
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