A commitment to packaging safety

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.

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.