Packaging is the first thing a consumer sees when purchasing food products. An appealing color scheme or design can make a difference in a buyer’s mind, but the average shopper rarely gives a thought to anything beyond appearance and basic function. On the other hand, materials suppliers and packaging manufacturers must think beyond aesthetics, and take safety into consideration as they determine which packaging materials contact food and beverages.
Plastics, paper and other packaging materials bring many benefits to the food supply chain, including sterility and prolonged shelf life. However, there is the potential for transfer of chemicals from the packaging to the food, which is why FDA regulations surrounding food contact materials exist. Understanding this legislation is key to creating effective, safe and legally compliant packaging.