The potential harmfulness of recycled papers and cardboards for food packaging

According to an analysis procedure of organic contaminants in recycled papers and cardboards developed by the Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Chemistry at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Piacenza (Italy), these materials contain bisphenol A (BPA) , bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), nonylphenol monoethoxylate (NMP) and nonylphenol diethoxilate (NDP). The migration of these substances was tested in dry foods (salt and sugar) and simulant Tenax. According to the study, BPA is still present in the different samples (box of polenta, frozen pizza box ...) making part of the study.

For more information, refer to the following articles:

- SMITHERS PIRA, Food contact world, volume 1, Issue 23, december 2013

- Nicoleta A. Suciu et al, Recycled paper–paperboard for food contact materials: Contaminants suspected and migration into foods and food simulant, Food Chemistry 141 (2013) 4146–4151 

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