European packaging firms wary over EFSA’s food contact consultation
Posted on : 03 Feb, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states in its website - The safety of food contact materials must be evaluated as chemicals can migrate from the materials into food. The materials must be manufactured in compliance with EU regulations, including good manufacturing practices, so that any potential transfer to foods does not raise safety concerns, change the composition of the food in an unacceptable way or have adverse effects on the taste and/or odor of foods.
Although the EU packaging firms are cognizant of the above concerns, they have also expressed concern over the fact that EFSA has not included the industry stakeholders in the discussion process over authorization of food contact materials in packaging.
While EFSA is expected to publish the complete list of authorized packaging materials list soon, industry associations such as Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) are keeping a close watch to monitor the new authorizations. In fact AIPIA has initiated a dialog process with the Commission in 2013 and meeting relevant directorates in Brussels.
What is of concern for the industry is that once certain substances are excluded from the first authorized list by the commission, it cannot be placed on the market for use in active or intelligent components in contact with food.
According to the established guidelines, only after tests on the first substances are completed, a second round of applications will be allowed. However, there is a possibility for an appeal, which needs to be completed before a new application is scrutinized. AIPIA has expressed concern over the timescales involved as well.
While AIPIA recognizes the importance of food safety for all, it is also hopeful for an open and fair process by the EC.
As EFSA scrutinizes the list of food contact materials in packaging, attend 15th MEAPET conference, 11-12 February, 2014 in Dubai, UAE for an 'Overview & Developments of Global Food Contact Legislation Related to PET' by Mr. Koen Weel, Project Manager Packaging Research from TNO Triskelion BV.
Dhunseri Petrochem to begin its first PET resin line in Egypt by end of year
Posted on : 20 Dec, 2013
Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Ltd (DPTL) is expected to commission the first phase of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin production at its Egyptian facility by end of the year - 2013 and second phase by end of February 2014.
The original opening schedule of the 4.3-lakh-tonne PET project was in Q1 2013. However, due to civil unrest in Egypt, the facility couldn't be opened for production as plans. The cost incurred in constructing the facility also escalated from the initial planned Rs 900 crores to approximately Rs 1,122 crores. Dhunseri will primarily cater to the African, European, West Asian and the US markets with the new facility.
Dhunseri is expanding its business and the new facility in Egypt is part of these investment plans. In 2012, the company also commissioned its second PET resin facility at Haldia, West Bengal in India.
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Sidel to install bottling line for Moha – Pepsi bottler in Ethiopia
Posted on : 11 Nov, 2013
Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with a population of approximately 90 million. With rapidly growing GDP and a huge young population, the demand for soft drinks is increasing at a fast pace.
To tap this market, Moha Soft Drinks Industry S C—which operates in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and is a bottling plant for Pepsico—has partnered with Sidel, an international supplier of liquid packaging solutions to the beverage industry, to install a bottling line for carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and water.
The bottling line will be installed for Moha’s new greenfield site in Mek'ele. Moha already produces over 40 million crates which is around half the overall national production of bottled CSD in Ethiopia. The new bottling line will further boost production as it has a capacity to produce CSDs at a rate of 36,000 returnable glass bottles (RGB) per hour. This will enable Pepsi to cater to the high demand for CSDs and water in Ethiopia.
The turnkey project is expected to be implemented by mid-2014 and will also include all auxiliary services such as carbon dioxide (CO2) production, steam, syrup room, generator, water treatment plant and piping.
Sidel and Moha have had several partnerships in the past, including the PET line which was commissioned in 2012.
Apart from being the principal bottler for Pepsi, Moha also bottles other CSD and water brands such as Mirinda Orange, 7-Up, Mirinda Tonic and Mirinda Apple, and Kool.
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