Tecnoalimenti, in collaboration with the Italian National Standards Body (UNI) released a new standard, UNI/PdR 158:2024, which aims to help companies reduce their microplastic emissions. This standard outlines best practices for food production and distribution companies. Some of the important points from this document are that microplastics are pervasive in the environment and can be unintentionally ingested by humans. The new standard provides guidance on how to mitigate microplastic emissions throughout the food supply chain.

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are less than 5 millimeters in size. They are found in a wide variety of products, including cosmetics, cleaning products, and textiles. Microplastics can also enter the food supply through a variety of ways, such as through contaminated water or from packaging materials.

The presence of microplastics in food is a growing concern. Microplastics have been found in a variety of food products, including seafood, fruits, and vegetables. The potential health risks of microplastics are still unknown, but there is some concern that they may be harmful to human health.

The food industry is facing a number of challenges in reducing microplastic contamination. One challenge is that microplastics are very small and difficult to detect. Another challenge is that there is no single source of microplastic contamination. Microplastics can enter the food supply chain at any point, from production to packaging to distribution.

Despite these challenges, the food industry is taking steps to reduce microplastic contamination. Some companies are developing new technologies to remove microplastics from food products. Other companies are changing their packaging practices to reduce the use of microplastics.

Here is an informative video outlining the challenge at hand:


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