Forum der Fleischwirtschaft Plastic hatred forces action

by Sandra Sieler
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Photo: Hermann Pentermann

Society demands that the industry must offer solutions to reduce packaging waste in Germany.

As often the trade proves to be the driving force. If one considers the entire footprint, which these animal food leave, packing is the smallest problem. This is the conclusion of the meat industry forum.

"The fight against the garbage of the environment is fought out on the basis plastic packing", underlined Thomas Reiner at the "Forum of the Meat Industry" in Quakenbrück, Germany, the urgency of the topic for the manufacturers of meat and sausage. The Consultant of Berndt + partner in Berlin, Germany, made clear to the well 120 guests of afz and FLEISCHWIRTSCHAFT in the areas of the DIL "as large the plastic hatred is out there". Packaging had to be designed in such a way that it could be recycled and reused for food. In the eyes of the consultant from Berlin, this is the central task facing the meat industry today. He advised the industry to network across all levels. 

Now meat and meat products are extremely sensitive products, so that when plastic is saved, the protective function is quickly endangered. And the basic requirement for food is its safety and thus consumer protection. Prof. Gerd Weyland of KWG Rechtsanwälte in Gummersbach (attornays at Gummersbach, Germany) derived this from the legal basis. This dilemma can only be solved with great commitment to research and development. 

Scientists from various institutes had brought along examples and first promising developments: Dr. Peter Muranyi from the Fraunhofer Institute IVV in Freising, Germany, for example, presented intelligent packaging. Sensors on and in packaging, allow conclusions to be drawn about the current product status and thus its freshness. Such innovative systems are intended to help reduce food waste. 

Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid from the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences in Sigmaringen, Germany, is researching biobased plastics that could soon also be used for sensitive foods.

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