Safety when snacking

The Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) does not see any alternatives to plastic packaging in many cases. This “fulfils various functions in protecting food in the interests of the consumer, and enabling its safe and enjoyable consumption”, according to the BDSI’s current position paper.

At the same time as its Annual General Meeting, the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Süßwarenindustrie e.V. – BDV) also held a meeting of its members. (BDSI) published its position paper on plastic packaging on 17 May 2019. According to this paper, the German confectionery industry “has a high interest in a forward-looking and efficient handling of the necessary resources”. Packaging material has been continuously reduced by manufacturers for years.

Nevertheless, according to the BDSI there are still no alternatives to plastic packaging for the confectionery industry in many cases. Rather, it is said, “they fulfil various functions in order to protect food in the interests of the consumer and thus enable it to be consumed safely and enjoyably”. It is also said that plastic packaging would make an important contribution to environmental and climate protection, as more food would spoil without efficient packaging.

According to the BDSI, this is why “the technical development of sorting and recycling plants is promoted and forced”. According to the BDSI, recyclable packaging must meet the food safety requirements of the products. In addition, research into the recovery and recyclability of packaging must be intensified, whereby energy, CO2 and ecological balances must be taken into account in the type of recovery.

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