There is an increasing demand for safe, secure, and sustainable packaging driven by heightened awareness on food safety and health. Rising food safety regulatory requirements are influencing food safe packaging development, design, and materials in use. In addition to that, globalization of food networks further emphasizes the need for transparency and traceability along the food and packaging value chain.
Adhesives used in food packaging are often called “the forgotten layer” as they have been perceived as a relatively small piece in the total packaging compared to inks, boards and foils that have been more under the public eye for meeting safety standards in food packaging. While there are many different and not harmonized regulatory requirements for such materials globally, and hence part and parcel of ensuring food safe packaging.
At Henkel, we are aware of the necessity of adhesive solutions for food safe packaging and have made this our guiding principle. We take a closer look at adhesive-related aspects of food packaging and invite collaborators along the food packaging value chain from raw material suppliers, product development, safety & compliance assessment, manufacturing, quality assurance, distribution…etc, to an open dialogue striving to constantly improve safety and sustainability of packaging for the industry.
Wen-Gie Siew | Regional PS&RA Manager – Asia Pacific, Henkel