Establish Framework for Defining Suitable Recycled Resin and Characterize Potential Chemicals of Concern Based on Intended End-Use

Previous work by IAFNS Food Packaging Safety and Sustainability Committee identified data gaps in defining grades of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastics for packaging. There is a need for performance modelling and compatibilization to develop a common standard for defining grades of PCR plastics that comply with regulations for food grade materials. This funding proposal builds on previous research to further develop a common standard that defines grades of PCR plastics with necessary performance properties and regulatory compliance for food grade and non-food grade plastics. The effort has several objectives:

  1. Develop a framework for determining suitability of recycled resins for use in food contact material.
  2. Identify information that needs to be collected to work towards common standards.
  3. Evaluate safety data for substances and identify target levels by application.

Pre-proposals should be submitted by March 30, 2022.

Read the full Request for Pre-proposals.

This work is supported by IAFNS Food Packaging Safety and Sustainability Committee