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Vol. 25 No. 1
January - February 2003

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Food Packaging: Ensuring the Safety and Quality of Foods

John Gilbert and Angela López De Sá (proceeding eds.)

Food Additives and Contaminants 2002, 19, S1-S228

The papers presented in this Special Issue of Food Additives and Contaminants comprise the Proceedings of the Second ILSI Europe International Symposium on Food Packaging—Ensuring the Safety and Quality of Food, held in Vienna, Austria, from 8–10 November 2000. The First Symposium was held in 1996 in Budapest, Hungary (Published in Food Additives and Contaminants 1997, 14, 517–775).

The objectives of the second symposium were to advance the underlying science relating to the safety and quality of packaged foods, to disseminate results of ongoing research, and to stimulate debate on implications for the future. The symposium was organized in collaboration with IUPAC, the Vienna University of Technology, and the European Commission (EC). The EC has supported a number of research and technological development projects on food packaging, migration, and development of analytical methods in the Fourth and Fifth Framework Programmes. A number of these projects, which were recently completed or are still underway, were included in the symposium, either as oral presentations or as posters. In view of the close linkage between the symposium and these EC funded projects in the Framework Programmes, the symposium was granted funding from DG Research as an Accompanying Measures Action.

More than 250 participants from Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa attended the three-day symposium. The multidisciplinary audience included food scientists, chemists, mathematicians, physicists, and microbiologists from industry, academia, and government. Twenty-two presentations were given, of which 20 are published in this proceedings. The presentations were divided into five sessions covering risk assessment of packaging materials; modeling; recycling and re-use of packaging; active, intelligent, and novel packaging; and new analytical approaches. In the proceedings, the papers are organized according to these sessions.

Following the success of the 1996 and 2000 symposia, the ILSI Europe Task Force on Packaging is currently planning a third symposium to be held in 2004 at a European venue.

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