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Food & Plastic

FSAI debates role of plastic in food sector ‘Food and Plastic – A Question of Taste?’, an open meeting hosted by the FSAI, provided a platform for experts to debate the use of plastic packaging in the food sector and the changing attitudes towards plastic use. THE Science Museum in Dublin proved the perfect backdrop for the The Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Food Safety Consultative Council open meeting to review and debate the role of plastic in the food sector: Food and Plastic – A Question of Taste? The day involved an exploration of the role of plastics in the food sector and the consequences of its use. Television programmes such as Blue Planet have brought the impact of plastics on our environment very much into the public consciousness, painting plastics in a poor light and pushing the issue front and centre with consumers across the western world. It is true that plastic rubbish has had a huge impact on the natural world and that the way we are doing things now is simply not sustainable. However, it is also true that changing things will not be easy to do. Plastic is ubiquitous because it is so useful; without plastic packaging the supply chain as we know it cannot work. Transport of loose products over long distances is not practical and introduces huge cross-contamination risks. Alternative packaging types all have their own consequences and were they to become as frequently used as plastic, there is no doubt they would have a huge impact on the environment too. Utilising ‘good’ science A message repeated time and again on the day was the fact that we need to use good science to find solutions that will work for the long term and also be practical. That means that we will not only have to change the way we use plastics, we are going to have to change how we do everything and we need to change together: governments, brands, producers and consumers alike. According to Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI, global production of plastics has increased twentyfold since the 1960s, with some 1.5m people employed in the plastic sector in Europe and over 25m tonnes of plastic waste generated every year.

Pictured are Anna Turrell, Head of Sustainability, Nestlé UK and Ireland; Ray Bowe, Chair, Food Safety Consultative Council; and Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI.

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