Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe has released a publication ‘Sustainable food contact materials in the European healthcare sector’, focusing on the health and environmental issues linked to food contact materials in the healthcare sector.
It highlights that healthcare facilities are increasingly replacing single-use plastics in their food services with single-use paper or cardboard. However these materials can pose their own health and environmental risks: for example, they may be treated with harmful chemicals such as PFAS.
Health Care Without Harm highlights that the use of food contact materials that contain harmful chemicals in healthcare facilities is particularly concerning as some patients, such as infants, young children and pregnant women and their unborn children, can be particularly vulnerable to such harmful substances.
The publication provides several examples of healthcare facilities that have taken action to switch to reusable food contact materials made from inert materials, such as glass and stainless steel, proving that moving to such alternatives can be possible in healthcare settings.
Read the publication for further information on food contact materials in healthcare, and Health Care Without Harm’s policy recommendations.