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Food contact materials (FCM)

12th May 2020 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Food Contact Materials (FCM), from packaging to tableware, kitchen utensils and food processing requirements, contains thousands of chemicals. Those chemicals, many of which hazardous, can migrate to the food, ending up in our bodies. Consumers tend to assume that we are protected, notably though regulations, but are we really? 

This webinar will dive into the chemicals found in food contact materials, what adverse effects they can have on human health, and how they also hinder recycling and the circular economy. The results of a recent project focusing on phthalates will be presented as a supporting example. 

We will also look into the main limitations of the EU policy framework on FCM, before exploring solutions as well as opportunities rising to strengthen the rules in the context of the European Green Deal to both protect human health and guarantee a toxic-free circular economy. 

Some of the key questions the webinar will explore: 

  • The migration of hazardous chemicals from packaging to the food and drinks, and eventually our bodies, with the specific example of phthalates testing
  • The lack of traceability of, and transparency on, chemicals in FCM 
  • The EU policy framework for FCM, its insufficiencies and what is needed to strengthen it 
  • The FCM issue in the transition towards sustainable relocalised food systems and a toxic-free circular economy

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Justine Maillot

Consumption & Production Campaigner and Policy Coordinator of Rethink Plastic Alliance at Zero Waste Europe

Justine has an educational background in International, European and environmental law. She worked at the EU Unit of Greenpeace for four years on EU ocean and fisheries policy. After an eighteen month break travelling and getting involved in different small local projects, she joined Surfrider Foundation Europe, where she mainly worked on plastic pollution and contributed to the work of the Rethink Plastic alliance. Besides the work on plastics for the Rethink Plastic Alliance she joins our team on Consumption and Production where she will be leading our work on food contact materials, particularly the health impacts from single use packaging.

Raül Paniagua

Expert at Rezero

Raul hold a Bsc Engineering in Environmental Engineering at University of Barcelona. Within his professional career, he has worked in research and management projects in the area of waste treatment and prevention. In the last years, he has worked in project as Rewine (Re-use of glass bottle), Plastic on the spotlight and reports as Residu Zero, Current situation and indicators for the 2019 transition in Catalonia and Balearic Island.

Sidsel Dyekjær

Science and Policy Consultant at CHEM Trust

Sidsel Dyekjaer has been working with CHEM Trust as consultant since September 2018. Her main focus is on improving the current EU regulation of chemicals in Food Contact Materials and the implementation of EU chemicals law, REACH. She is a Biologist (M. Sc) based in Denmark, and she has previously been working for 12 years as a government official and REACH expert at the Chemicals Department of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

Esra Tat

Associate Director at Zero Waste Europe

Esra leads on the strategic development of Zero Waste Europe as a network and organisation, and manages the implementation of the vision with the team and member organisations. She coordinates the development of European campaigns in partnership with Zero Waste Europe’s members across the continent, and acts as the European Regional Coordinator towards GAIA International to further promote zero waste models worldwide. Previously, Esra was the Network and Development Coordinator, in charge of the Zero Waste Cities Programme. Before joining in April 2017, with a background in Economics and Project Management, Esra co-directed a social enterprise developing energy efficiency and co-housing programmes in France. She worked as a sustainability Programme Manager and a Facilitator, mostly with international networks. Esra has extensive experience in organisational and network development in the field of resources, climate and environment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.

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