This two-day conference will be focusing on the most important updates for those working in and around food contact; bringing the most recent results from the EU rules on FCMs and what it means for those working in the world of food contact. We’ll also explore other hot topics including how FCMs have been affected by sustainability initiatives across the world. The conference will provide valuable insights and understanding on what’s happening now and what will happen in the future, as well as expert perspectives from across the world covering the US, China, MERCOSUR and more.
The conference will be moderated by Gertraud Leimüller, CEO of the consulting firm Winnovation, and include keynote speeches from Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, World Health Organization (WHO Europe), and Saskia de Pee, World Food Programme. To engage the audience and discuss in an open manner the key issues to future-proof the European food system and to improve people’s nutrition and health, Giks Weenink, Debate Academy, will lead a House of Commons debate on the ins and outs of ‘sustainability hypes’, including topics like meat versus plant-based food and natural versus processed food.
The International Academy Fresenius Conference on Health and Nutrition is designed for the food industry: manufacturers of food products, functional foods, dietetic food, nutraceuticals, food ingredients, food supplements, food additives, food retailers, pharmaceutical industry, medicinal industry, regulatory authorities, research institutes, etc.
Food packaging waste is currently under scrutiny. In the context of its Circular Economy Action Plan1 , the EU is addressing this through, among others, its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative2 , which aims to enhance the reliability of environmental claims — both in a business-to-consumer and in a business-to-business context. The initiative aims, therefore, to boost the market of green and circular products. However, a review of the methods available for assessing the environmental sustainability of packaging now highlights the difficulty of clearly characterising packaging’s environmental impact. The study suggests a new, fully quantifiable framework that could help to standardise assessment methods and bring ‘environmental footprint labelling’ to fruition.
ACE is pleased to announce that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018. This is a small (1%), but steady increase in the EU beverage carton recycling rate from the previous year.
The press release includes the 2018 report of the Commission on the use of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).
The Commission announced the launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018 with the support of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.
The Alliance’s aim is to boost plastics recycling in the EU. The Alliance gathers key actors of the plastics value chains. The Alliance will take voluntary action to reach the target that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into products in 2025. In 2016, less than 4 million tonnes of recycled plastics were used in products in the EU.