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Food Packaging Regulatory Challenges – what’s in the bag and what’s in store? (IFST webinar)

May 22, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Organised by Food Regulatory Special Interest Group SIG

The webinar will cover the regulatory challenges in UK – current and upcoming legislation on food packaging and the challenges of innovation on food packaging.

Key topics will include:

  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)
  • UK packaging EPR reform
  • Food contact materials
  • Recycling polymers
  • Challenges of food packaging innovation from an industry perspective
  • Opportunities

What participants will learn about: Regulatory requirements of food packaging, the developments on EPR, and the challenges of food packaging innovation

Who should attend: IFST members, non-members, regulatory, technical, packaging technologists

Chair: Mel Bulger, Head of Regulatory Affairs UK & Ireland, Danone

Melanie Bulger (MSc and MIFST) is Head of Regulatory Affairs for Danone UK & Ireland.  Prior to this, Melanie worked in the food supplement, food for special purposes and general food industry, (The Bountiful Company, Clasado Biosciences, Mead Johnson Nutrition and a2 Milk) both in nutrition and regulatory affairs.  Melanie is representing the IFST as Chair of the Food Regulatory Special Interest Group.


Speaker: Nadiya Catel-Arutyunova, Sustainability Policy Adviser, BRC

Nadiya Catel-Arutyunova has joined the British Retail Consortium (BRC) as a Sustainability Policy Adviser, leading on the circular economy issues such as sustainable management of resources, waste, and packaging and the wider products sustainability agenda. Nadiya has previously worked as a Public Affairs and Policy Officer at Veolia in London and Brussels, and as a Policy Assistant at HM Government of Gibraltar Representation to the EU. Nadiya started her career with internships at POLITICO EU and the European Parliament.


Speaker: Mike Swain, Director/Consultant, Pack IDS

Mike Swain is a seasoned, accredited packaging professional, a long-standing Exec Board member of the IOM3 Packaging Group and an enormously respected figure throughout the active packaging community. He’s currently the Managing Director of Pack IDS, an independent consultancy which offers support and solutions for packaging strategic initiatives, marketing and technical development for the Circular Materials Economy, for every day to luxury products in the food, beverage and non-food sectors. All up, Mike has 30 years’ experience in packaging innovation, R&D and marketing and manufacturing for both big multinationals and local SME businesses with a track record of consistent delivery of commercially successful packaged products.

Booking link: https://www.ifst.org/events/1223/ifst-webinar-food-packaging-regulatory-challenges-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-in-the-bag-and-what%E2%80%99s-in-store

IFST member: Free

Non-IFST member: £25.00


May 22, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm