A team from University of Akron is focusing on research that showcases effective strategies for turning brittle polymers into tough and flexible materials. The group has recently produced a prototype poly (lactic acid) (PLA) cup that is transparent, super tough and does not shrink when filled with boiling water
Food & Beverage
EFSA has developed a tool to help food business operators decide when to apply the ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date to their products.
• The move is in line with Siegwerk’s commitment to offering safe inks and comes after the initiative to manufacture Toluene free inks
• Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH) can be considered as potential genotoxic carcinogens and pose serious health issues including a cancer risk for humans
COEXPAN, one of the world’s leaders in Form Fill Seal (FFS) food packaging systems, has successfully tested mechanically recycled polystyrene in its FFS facilities at Innotech, (Innovation and Technology Centre of COEXPAN and EMSUR, the rigid and flexible packaging divisions of Grupo Lantero).
PepsiCo just redesigned its two liter bottles after 30 years. Designers used 3D printers and Oculus VR headsets to complete the designs at home. They’ve been released in some markets, and will rollout over the next few years.
Alpla produces the PET ‘Pearl Bottle’ for Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen – LCA confirms sustainability of this Packaging Solution.
On the occasion of International Day of Person with Disabilities, McDonald’s India West and South, announced that it is launching a new packaging – EatQual, designed for its specially abled customers. With this progressive and inclusive initiative, the company has once again reinforced its brand promise of making delicious feel-good moments easy for everyone. The EatQual pack has been developed over months of collaboration an NGO that has been working towards the betterment of the specially-abled community for over 50 years.
It might just be the best thing since sliced white bread. A favourite Aussie brand is rolling out a major change in an Australian first.
Innoscentia has developed materials that combine with the Ynvisible display, enabling real-time quality monitoring of the food.
World wide, Scientists develop condition monitoring and antimicrobial solutions for fresh meats.
Some case studies are cited here.
Is Asia seeing the acceptance of recycled plastics into food contact materials (FCMs)?
With no previous country-specific regulation to explicitly allow or prohibit the use of recycled plastics in food applications in Asia (except Japan), recent updates by Korea, China and Thailand indicate that the region may soon see food packaging applications using recycled materials.