Food and Product Safety

Beverage cartons are an indispensable part of life today, keeping food and beverages safe, accessible, and fresh for consumers. They protect beverages and food products against shelf life degradation (spoiling) caused by light, air, and contaminants.

At the same time, they are critical to preserving flavours, aromas, colours, nutrients, and vitamins – all the necessary parts of the food product – during both long-term ambient storage and short-life chilled use.

Food Contact Materials (FCM), such as beverage cartons, must comply with EU legislation ensuring consumer protection and food quality. In 2019, ACE contributed to the publication of the Industry Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles. These guidelines were developed for public authorities, business operators, and consumers to help enhance knowledge that paper and board materials used for food applications are safe.

Consumer safety is paramount and ACE supports the EU-wide harmonised rules on the safety of food contact materials, and is cooperating with the Commission on the Review of the Food Contact Framework Regulation.

Beverage cartons and food waste:

Food packaging is essential for securing our global food supply and for ensuring resilient food systems. It plays an important role in ensuring food safety, hygiene, and consumer protection while also helping to keep the food supply chain in place. Its primary function is to contain, preserve, and protect the product throughout the manufacturing, transport, storage, and consumption chain, enabling the safe and proper access to nutritious food to consumers.

Products packaged in beverage cartons can be stored up to 12 months without refrigeration, removing the need for added preservatives, saving additional energy, and eliminating carbon emissions associated with powering the refrigeration process.

It’s a key factor in ensuring not only the safety of the food we eat and the beverages we drink, but also in preventing food waste by prolonging the self-life, and the subsequent loss of resources both in Europe and beyond.