Food Safety & Food Hygiene

Food packaging does much more than simply hold a product. It is a critical solution, keeping food safe and fresh, improving food quality, reducing food waste and increasing accessibility.  It also informs, providing nutritional information and telling us how to safely store and prepare the food it contains.

The importance of packaging in preventing and reducing cross-contamination

Food packaging can improve food safety by alleviating bacterial contamination.

The risks to human health posed by cross contamination within the food chain are well-known and long-established. 

Over one hundred years ago, the campaigning actions of Dr Samuel Crumbine, one of the founding fathers of modern public health, led to the widespread introduction of the first single use disposable paper cup with the express purpose of reducing contagious diseases. 

Food and food service packaging remains as important today in limiting cross contamination to prevent foodborne illness as it always has.

A commitment to packaging safety

EPPA members have long been committed to protecting human health and the interests of consumers by providing safe and functionally effective materials.  

The fiber-based food and foodservice packaging sector has worked closely with national and international policymakers and regulators to ensure that the necessary measures are in place for consumer protection.

Food packaging companies also work with food producers and suppliers of the raw materials used, such as inks, varnishes, and adhesives to convert paper and board materials into finished articles.

In the European Union there are a number of regulations that govern the safety of food packaging materials, products and their manufacture.  These include Food Contact regulations, (EC) 1935/2004 (Framework Regulation), (EC) 2023/2006 (Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Regulation), and (EC) 10/2011 (Plastic Regulation). Food packaging manufacturers are also required to comply with the relevant national food contact and other legislation.