February 6, 2017

ICYMI: Fast Food Packaging; Packaging & Product Safety; EOL Stewardship of Mattresses

Here are some stories in the news we thought you’d find interesting, including a report on fast food packaging, packaging and product safety, and the end-of-life stewardship of mattress. Also, find out about The Latest Recall.

Chemicals found in packaging. Now what?

CNN reported on a study issued by the Silent Spring Institute that examined fast food packaging. The study found that one-third of the more than 400 samples contained fluorinated chemicals. Lynn Deyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, points out that the products were tested and met the standards set by U.S. FDA. Nonetheless, products stewards should pay special attention to the “What’s a consumer to do” section, which advocates steps to avoid certain packaging and to pressure fast food chains into phasing out fluorinated chemicals.

Here’s the story. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/health/fast-food-packaging-chemicals-pfas-study/index.html

Here’s the original report. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00435

Packaging’s focus on safety

Speaking of packaging, WestPack 2017 is happening as we speak. Packaging Digest is highlighting five innovative technologies designed to ensure product safety, from C&R lids for large packaging to X-ray machines that detect contaminants

Check out the list here: http://www.packagingdigest.com/packaging-research/15-new-packaging-solutions-vie-for-your-vote-2017-01-12​

Stewardship and mattress disposal

The waste management business (re: landfills) don’t much like mattresses, since they take up a lot of room and create risks for the workers who handle them. Here’s an interesting read on how the industry’s stewardship efforts are going and why they’ll only increase.

Here's the story. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=32049​

The Latest Recall

Finally, as an ongoing reminder that product stewardship has a critical business function, we present to you The Latest Recall, a look at the product recall most recently listed on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website when we go to press.

Product: Glass Mirrors
Company: Restoration Hardware​
No. of products affected: Around 1,400
Hazard: The mirrors are not properly glued to the backing and the mirror can fall, posing a laceration hazard.

Here's the recall notice. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Restoration-Hardware-Recalls-Mirrors​​


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