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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
sis— sheds light on the possible regula- tory issues looming for nanotechnology- enabled packaging. Nanotechnology cited in the report includes the use of a nanoscale antimi- crobial agent affi xed to the food contact surface of a plastic packaging fi lm, as a way to prevent contamination of the packaging itself; and the use of nano- scale clay “platelets” that give a plastic carbonated-beverage bottle clarity, bar- rier properties, and shelf life similar to those of glass, while it remains lighter in weight and less likely to break. “The system is not widely under- stood, and legitimate questions have been raised about how it would apply to nanoscale substances used in food packaging,” said Taylor, now a research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. “Those companies de- veloping ENMs for use in packaging will need to work closely with FDA and EPA to make sure the questions identifi ed in this report concerning potential risks are answered.” Consumer acceptance of nanomateri- INDUSTRY INDICATORS IPG Technical als in food packaging will depend greatly on the demonstrated benefi ts and safety of the new packaging products, PEN di- rector David Rejeski pointed out. “Clearly, nanotechnology offers tre- mendous opportunities for innovative developments in food packaging that can benefi t both consumers and indus - try,” observed Robert Brackett, GMA chief science offi cer. “However, before these packaging innovations can be brought to market, we must ensure that the food-packaging industry, through working closely with government, un- derstands the regulatory framework currently in place along with its many requirements.” Meeting Held in Holland The International Packaging Group (IPG) met in Sint-Michielsgestel, Holland June 11 - 13, immediately after drupa, for its annual technical meeting. Acket, fold- ing carton member from Holland led by Victor Acket and Gerard van Egmond, hosted the meeting. IPG is a Swiss based, non-profit organi- zation, founded in 1960, seeking technical excellence and exchange of its members. There are 28 member companies represent- ed, covering all continents, each outstand- ing in their respective regions. IPG meets twice a year; hosting is rotated among the members. Membership is by invitation only and companies are sought for their techni- cal leadership and ethical values. IPG held a special session on prepress. Presentations included reports on the fi ndings at drupa, an explanation of work - fl ow and the available tools, comparison of how different companies organize their
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