FEVE: health and food safety concerns drive growing trust in glass packaging

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According to recent research, European citizens are more worried about health and food safety than environmental problems, and packaging in food safety is a key concern. Glass packaging will meet the most stringent of any future EU food contact standards and regulations because glass is chemically inert, meaning that it does not interact with its contents and is impermeable to external contaminants.

Consumers are encouraged to ‘look beyond the label’ at the packaging role
Independent research conducted with 8,000 consumers reveals that Europeans are more worried about health and food safety than environmental problems, international terrorism or public safety; the role of packaging in food safety is amongst a list of key concerns.
The findings unveil a growing concern amongst European consumers linked to the potential health risks of chemical compounds leaching into food from packaging. Two thirds (66%) of consumers admit that they are worried about food contamination, as well as the risk of chemicals leaching from food packaging into its content.
Eight out of ten consumers surveyed believe these chemical interactions could be a risk to human health. The findings also reveal that European consumers (60%) are most worried about plastic containers impacting the food/beverage content or ingredients out of all materials surveyed including metal, cartons, bag in box, plastics and glass.
Health concerns play a key role in consumer decision making, and in driving demand for food or beverages packed in glass. Among those who opt for glass, 61% trust it as the safest packaging for their health. This compares with 48% of consumers surveyed in 2010.
Commenting on behalf of the Friends of Glass Community, Adeline Farrelly - Secretary General of FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation states: “It is clear that consumers worry about contamination from packaging. Nowadays, consumers are looking at how products are stored and packaged - not only at w...



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