Why is this research valuable?

Packaging is essential for ensuring safety, integrity and freshness of the food supply. The IAFNS Packaging Safety & Sustainability committee seeks to expand scientific knowledge on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to food packaging and its components. The committee also works to resolve barriers to wide-scale production and adoption of safe, recycled packaging in support of a more sustainable food supply.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Abbott Nutrition
Conagra Brands
General Mills, Inc.
Henkel Corporation

ACADEMIC ADVISORS
Keith Vorst, PhD, Iowa State University
Kay Cooksey, PhD, Clemson University

GOVERNMENT ADVISORS
Allan Bailey, PhD, FDA CFSAN
Kevin D. Smith, US Marine Corps

Activities:

2021 research project: Identify safety barriers to broad adoption of recycled polyolefins for food packaging.

Despite significant advances in recycling science there remain hurdles to the broad utilization of recycled plastics including the availability of reliable and predictable sources of safe post-consumer material. This project will generate an in-depth survey of the plastic recycling landscape and identify safety issues and potential solutions to enable wide-scale production and adoption of recycled plastic. The project will leverage current frameworks for PET recovery and recycling to identify gaps and solutions for olefin recovery, recycling, and safety for food and beverage packaging. Results will also Identify restricted and non-intentional added substances in recycled plastic along with mitigation options, and survey domestic and international recycling requirements such as certification rules and regulations pertaining to “clean” recycled plastic.

2020 Expert Roundtable on Sustainable Packaging to the Activity list
2020 Symposium: Science Gaps for Risk Assessment of PFAS in Food
2019 Food Packaging Conference
2016 Food Packaging Materials Workshop

Publications

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Past Events

IAFNS Virtual Symposium on Risk Assessment of PFAS in Food

Virtual, Symposium

IAFNS is pleased to announce the second session in the symposium “Identifying Science Gaps for Risk Assessment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Food”. This session will address risk characterization with a focus on exposure routes and toxicology, and will build on the first session on PFAS Analytical Methodology which was held June 23rd.

Read more about IAFNS Virtual Symposium on Risk Assessment of PFAS in Food

IAFNS 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials

Washington, DC, USA

IAFNS is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

Read more about IAFNS 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials

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IAFNS is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.

View presentation videos from this event.

Day 1

Day 2

Speaker Abstracts Registration

Register by the Early Bird Deadline and save!

Regular & On-Site:
 16 Mar 2019 - 3 Apr 2019
Industry/For-Profit $600 $700
Government/Academia/Non-Profit* FREE $300
Student/Post Doc* FREE $300
Breakfast (2), lunch (2) and a reception are included with registration.
*Capacity is limited. Register early! Hotel Accommodations
We have secured a room block at The Westin Washington, DC City Center, the venue for the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, with a nightly rate of $279, exclusive of state and local taxes. The room block ends 11 March 2019 but we recommend that you make your reservation in advance as space fills quickly. After you have successfully registered for your room you will receive an email confirmation. Please click here to reserve your room. Hotel Address:
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 Travel Air Travel:
Washington, DC is located near three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is located closest to DC and is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. If commuting to The Westin via Metro from DCA, hop on the blue line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop and get off at McPherson Square (7 stops). You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft into DC. This will cost around $15-$25.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles outside of DC in Virginia. To get downtown you can take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft. A taxi to DC will cost around $60-$70. BWI is the furthest but may offer better flight deals. All three airports offer domestic and international flights daily.

Metro:
Metro is the most convenient way to get around DC. This public transportation system consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, and Yellow that are connected to each other via transfer stations. To ride Metro you must pay via a SmarTrip card which can be purchased at any Metro station with cash or credit. Most fares range from $2.25 - $6 per trip. Metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The closest Metro stop to the conference venue is McPherson Square, accessible via the orange, silver, and blue lines. Click here for more information about Metro. Taxi:
Another way to travel in DC is by taxi. There are many and all accept cash, credit and debit cards. Uber/Lyft:
To travel by uber or Lyft, download the app onto your smartphone and you can begin requesting a ride by entering the address of your destination. DC Circulator:
The DC Circulator travels along six specific routes and is affordable at just $1 per ride. International

When traveling to the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take a few weeks to several months to complete, so please be sure to apply early. For more information about your country's visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.

IAFNS can provide a formal invitation letter to assist with the visa submission process. Please contact Angela Roberts (angelar@iafnsconnect.wpengine.com) to request a letter.

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Discover DC:

Plan your trip Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms

Depending on the weather, the beginning of April is usually around the time cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom in DC. Check out the beautiful pink and white sights on the Tidal Basin.

If you're taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian stop. From there, it's a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. If you are taking the Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you off at the National Mall.

Free Attractions

There are plenty of free attractions in Washington, DC:

National Museum of American History
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Museum of the American Indian
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Anderson House
Arlington National Cemetery
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Gallery of Art Downtown DC

Check out our top picks:

White House
National Mall and Memorial Parks
United States Capitol
Ford's Theatre
United States Botanic Garden Beyond the National Mall

Check out these 20 cool museums beyond the National Mall.

Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel:

0.1 miles from hotel:
Lincoln
West Wing Café Thomas Circle
10 Thomas Restaurant
Stans Restaurant and Lounge 0.2 miles from hotel:
Quill
The Pig
Baan Thai
B Too
&pizza
Churchkey
Birch and Barley
Elizabeth's Gone Raw
Siren

 

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Agenda

Welcome 
Mansi Krishan, IAFNS Introduction 
Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials- Toxicology -
Jason Aungst, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging Materials - Chemistry
Kirk Arvidson, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video Migration of Contaminant Residues from Food Packaging
Greg Pace, Sun Chemical Corporation - Video Analytical Methods for Evaluating Components of Food Packaging Materials
Tim Begley, U.S. FDA - Video Use of New/Improved Tools and Exposure Assessment Models for Food Packaging Materials
Cian O' Mahony, Crème Global - Video US Regulatory Perspective
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video Global Regulatory Perspective
Jim Huang, IAFNS Member Scientist - Video Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Ron Osborn, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Jason Aungst, Kirk Arvidson, Greg Pace, Tim Begley, Cian O'Mahony, Paul Honigfort
  • In light of advancements in analytical methodologies which are allowing for progressively lower detection limits resulting in unexpected chemicals being detected in air, water, food, etc., how do we access and utilize this information for safety assessment of packaging materials?
  • How do we evaluate the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging?
  • In terms of assessing the safety of packaging materials, how much is enough?
Sustainability and Packaging: Process of Recycling Packaging Materials and Recycled Materials in Food Packaging
Susan Selke, Michigan State University - Video Contaminant Residues in/from Recycled Paper-Paperboard and Plastics: Contaminant Identification, Food Safety Concerns and Regulatory Controls
Vanee Komolprasert, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video Case Studies:
i. Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSHs) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs)
Stephen Klump, Nestle - Video ii. a) Di-isopropylnapthalene; and b) Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
Paul Honigfort, Division of Food Contact Notifications, U.S. FDA - Video Emerging Innovations and Technologies in Food Packaging
Young Kim, Virginia Tech University - Video Panel Discussion - Video
Moderator: Doug Copen, IAFNS Member Scientist
Panelists: Susan Selke, Vanee Komolprasert, Stephen Klump, Paul Honigfort, Jim Huang, Young Kim
  • What are the challenges in utilizing recycled packaging materials in food contact applications and how do we address these challenges?
  • What are the challenges in identification and safety evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in food contact materials? What are the potential approaches for considering NIAS in the risk assessment of food contact materials?
  • The challenges of communicating scientific information to a nonscientific audience, particularly the importance of communicating the entire story (example- what we know, what we don't know, not just what we want them to know) while making the information as relevant as possible.
Concluding Remarks
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