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Estimation of exposure to food packaging materials. 1: Development of a food-packaging database.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16766461     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A food-packaging database was developed to provide qualitative information on the types of packaging materials used for foods. Packaging information was collected from a sample of 594 children aged 5-12 years as part of a national children's food survey carried out in Ireland during 2003-04. All the food packaging collected during the survey was forwarded to the coordinating centre for further analysis and entry into the Irish Food Packaging Database. The database was created in Microsoft Access and stored information on: the brand of the food, the packaging type, the unit weight, the contact layer, the European Union food type (i.e. aqueous, acidic, alcoholic or fatty) and other relevant parameters. Of the 5551 different brand foods consumed by children in the food survey, packaging information was collected on 3441 (62%). As some brand foods had different unit weights and packaging formats, there was duplication of some brand foods in the database to account for this fact. Therefore, there were 3672 packaging entries in the database. Of these, plastics were the most common packaging contact layer (n = 2874, 78.3%). Multimaterial multilayers with a plastic contact layer accounted for 459 (12.5%) entries. Polyethylene was the most frequently used contact layer (n = 941), with polypropylene a close second (n = 809). This database is unique in Europe for the quality and amount of food packaging information it contains and could be used to develop packaging use factors for a more refined exposure assessment to food packaging materials in the European Union.
E Duffy; A P Hearty; M B Gilsenan; M J Gibney
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food additives and contaminants     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0265-203X     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Addit Contam     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-12     Completed Date:  2006-10-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8500474     Medline TA:  Food Addit Contam     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  623-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition Unit, Division of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Trinity College School of Medicine, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Databases, Factual*
Diet Surveys
Environmental Exposure
Food Contamination
Food Packaging*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plastics; 0/Polypropylenes; 9002-88-4/Polyethylene

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