Highlights from the Pira Plastics and Paper Conference in Barcelona
Written by Maeve Cushen
I attended the Smithers Pira Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference in Barcelona, Spain from the 1st to the 4th of December with my colleague Conor McGauran where we had a stand to promote our capabilities and expertise in this field.
On the first day of the conference we held a workshop on the FACET exposure tool together with Peter Oldring from the FACET Industry Group (FIG). Peter and I gave an introduction to the FACET tool and demonstrated the new features that will be included in the upcoming release. Overall the workshop was well received.
Dr Bernard Hegarty of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) kicked off the next day’s proceedings. He summarised the good work the FSAI are undertaking, just across the river Liffey from us here in Dublin, in educating people about Food Contact Materials through e-learning.
Non Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS) were the main topic of conversation for the rest of the day and remain an emerging challenge faced by both, regulators and industry in this area.
FACET offers a new feature where a substance can be associated with another substance present in a food contact material and this scenario simulated to generate migration and exposure assessments of this new substance. This is designed with NIAS in mind; these NIAS elements can be generated from other packaging additives or entities and exist in concentrations according to the concentrations of other substances. This means that European consumer exposure to NIAS compounds can now be calculated using FACET.
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