CPMA working group to address plastic

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Plastics, and the waste that results from their use, are hot topics in manufacturing today.  Nowhere is that more visible than in produce supply chains.


“This is a complex issue which is a focus for consumers, governments and industry,” says Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) president Ron Lemaire. “The use of plastics across the produce industry is important for food safety, product shelf life and produce identification. This working group will look at all aspects of the issue to better understand the opportunities to balance environmental concerns, food safety issues and consumer demands.”


The working group, comprised of leaders from across CPMA member companies, will examine how plastics are unique to produce, what alternatives may be available and the implications of plastics for food loss and waste.


The group will begin work in May with a preliminary report forecast for the end of 2019.


Some in the Canadian produce supply chain have already moved to address the issues. Earlier this year, Walmart Canada announced a milestone commitment to reduce plastic waste across its operations, from eliminating ‘hard-to-recycle” PVC in its private brands, to providing customers with more environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic household products.


Source: Canadian Produce Marketing Association, May 6, 2019 news release

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