Food contamination threatens recycled board packaging

Packaging made from recycled board appears to be contaminating food with solvents used in carbonless copy paper, according to a Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) study.1 The study found significant levels of the solvents - diisopropyl naphthalenes (DIPNs) - in recycled board packets and in the food inside. Food manufacturers have passed the issue back to their suppliers, but controls on recycled board may be on the agenda unless the paper industry takes effective action.

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