It has been 100 years since the first disposable paper cup was invented in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and improve public health. Today, a wide variety of single-use food and drinks packaging guarantee the food hygiene of hundreds of millions of meals each day and enable consumers to eat and drink on-the-go without having to worry about foodborne illnesses – such as E Coli, Norovirus or Salmonella – spreading from food contact with other consumers.
Over the past 50 years, the EU has also developed strict safety standards for food contact materials that ensure that the packaging does not contaminate the food it is meant to protect.
Today, many people take food safety for granted. The success of the on-the-go food and drinks industry in ensuring food hygiene and public health has decreased general awareness of the risks of food contamination.
In a world of globalised supply chains where potentially non-compliant packaging is considered “low risk” and in the context of political initiatives to tackle marine litter through potential food packaging product bans, complacency has bred the perfect storm for public health crises to re-emerge.
That is why, Pack2Go Europe – the European trade association representing on-the-go food and drinks packaging manufacturers – is launching a QUALITY GUARANTEE. This scheme guarantees that the packaging sold by the companies who qualify adhere to the strictest EU standards in order to ensure food safety for consumers.