Metsä Board’s product safety manager Katja Tuomola was presenting recently on the topic ‘Managing the food contact safety of biodegradable paperboards globally’ at the Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2016 conference in Brussels, Belgium. She says that all paperboards made by Metsä Board are manufactured, evaluated, tested, packaged and transported according to strict global standards.
“With this ‘product safety cycle’ we can ensure that our customers are provided with an efficient, safe and sustainable material. Made from fresh Northern European fibre – a renewable biomaterial – our paperboard products are also biodegradable and recyclable,” Tuomola says.
In Metsä Board’s view, all fresh fibre materials should be recycled whenever possible, to keep the strong fresh fibres circulating for further use. In fact, fresh fibres are necessary to keep the recycling loop going. Also, recycling should be favoured instead of composting or incineration, even if the products are biodegradable.
Commenting on the challenges faced by the global packaging industry with regards to food contact safety, Tuomola mentions fulfilling global legislation demands as the most critical part.
“Metsä Board is following the changes in global legislation very carefully, not only for food contact materials, but in all aspects affecting paperboard and pulp production. Since it is an enormous task to fulfill all national regulations set for pulp and paper, we are in favour of a harmonised legislation for paper and board production within the EU. As part of this, the testing requirements should be kept at a minimum level, if the food contact material is clean by nature, such as our fresh fibre materials,” Tuomola says.
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