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What is needed to overcome exposure identification and expression challenges for NIAS?

Ahead of the 32nd edition of the Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs Conference, we spoke to Dario Dainelli, speaker at the event and Director of Regulatory Affairs at EMEA and Asia-Pacific Food Care. He shares his vast knowledge on the industry and discusses the hot topic of NIAS – Non Intentionally Added Substances.

Dario Dainelli has over 20 years’ experience in the Food Contact Materials industry and is currently leading the Regulatory Affairs Group of Sealed Air - Food Care Division, dealing with food packaging materials and products for cleaning and disinfection of food and food processing plants.

With years of involvement in the industry, Dario has witnessed significant alterations in various areas of the Food Contact Materials sector. He explains that there have been two monumental developments that have affected the industry over that time. “There has been an increased environmental consciousness that has pervaded society in the last 20 years. This has led to successful efforts to reduce the amount of packaging capable to protect food while maintaining the same performances.”

The second factor can be attributed to the establishment of EFSA - European Food Safety Authority. “This has tremendously focused the attention of the public on safety of food, fully involving food contact materials”.

Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2015 offers you the opportunity to learn from Dario’s invaluable experiences, as well as witnessing his presentation on the matrix approach for expressing exposure to NIAS. “I am happy to say that after many years of discussion on exposure to NIAS from FCM, we finally have a simple and workable tool allowing the calculation. This does not represent the silver bullet to get rid of the proliferation of discussion around NIAS as more work needs to be made in various directions.”

Dario states that further progress can be expected in the next five years and that there are other avenues that need investigating. “My opinion is that we should simply stop talking about NIAS and start thinking about food contamination from FCM as a single issue, regardless of whether it is caused by intentional or non-intentional substances. I am convinced that FCM represent a minor - likely negligible - source of food contamination, but we have to develop suitable tools to demonstrate that.”

The talk will discuss this in greater detail and Dario trusts that the audience will gain valuable information from the presentation. “I hope that the audience understand that the approach to NIAS may represent an example on how the approach to all food contact substances may be made, including those that are intentionally added, but that do not originate from plastics.”

Another subject that Dario feels needs attention is the cost/risk ratio. “It would be great if we could be able to develop a prioritization system that would allow us to spend resources to address the highest and more relevant food risk. Are we sure that FCM fall in such category?”

This years’ event marks the 32nd edition of Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs. “It will be a great occasion to meet the most skilled professionals in the regulatory field of FCM, and catch up on the direction where the regulatory bodies are driving. I hope that the conference will allow an open and constructive discussion among all FCM stakeholders.”

To meet and hear from Dario, join us in Barcelona from 1-4 December 2015. Register your place here >>