FPA CALLS FOR A HYGIENE AND PUBLIC SAFETY IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN ALL LEGISLATIVE CONSIDERATIONS
The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) has called for hygiene and public safety considerations to be assessed as part of all relevant legislative frameworks going forwards and for exemptions to be made where items may be critical in a pandemic situation such as the one we are experiencing now.
Executive Director Martin Kersh said: “Whilst we support the need to ensure materials are used more efficiently and fully support legislation that builds a circular economy and reduces waste and have been working closely with both government and our members on policies to achieve this, there are items and instances where specific products are demanded by health and care sector procurement in dealing with our national response to crises such as the current coronavirus issue. Single use items for food and drink, produced under strict food contact and safety regulations, are demanded by hospitals and care homes where the risk of cross infection is very high. Items such as sets of plastics cutlery that are wrapped and delivered in a totally hygienic and safe condition, are currently in huge demand, alongside single use cups, plates and bowls. Plastic straws are also in high demand in healthcare settings.
“It’s important to for legislators to consider that we must have access to supplies of these items in any future situations. If the current proposed total bans were in place now these items would not be available from UK producers and severe delays would be incurred in securing supplies from overseas and in competition with other countries with the added risk that production facilities, quality standards certification and working conditions have not been checked at source.
“The FPA has contacted DEFRA Secretary of State George Eustice and his equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland requesting that a review of the hygiene and safety impacts should be conducted as part of the process for all future environment legislation and policy decisions. We believe both have proven to be so critical in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic that the logic should be applied to the processes surrounding all legislation. This would follow the same logic as one of the clauses in the proposed Environment Bill requiring a review of environmental impact to be included in all future legislation in all government departments.
“We are not calling for reversal of legislation, simply that these circumstances are considered when shaping future policies to ensure the UK’s preparedness for future pandemics is not reduced.”
Ends 30 April 2020
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