A review on European Union’s strategy for plastics in a circular economy and its impact on food safety banner

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Journal of Cleaner Production

February 17, 2021


A review on European Union’s strategy for plastics in a circular economy and its impact on food safety


This article explores what is being done and what can be done to mitigate the risks to food safety while adhering to the EU’s plastic strategy. It has been observed that the plastic plays a vital role in maintaining food safety, extending shelf-life and minimising food waste. However, it is currently not possible to recycle multi-layer plastic packaging which is widely used throughout the food industry, and there are currently no viable alternatives offering the same level of protection. Unless possible substitutes to multi-layer plastics offering the same level of food protection can be developed then there will be detrimental effects on food quality, safety and shelf-life, which will lead to increased food waste, additional food costs and a reduction in the variety and availability of certain foods.

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