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Plastic packaging: Hero or villain in the coronavirus era?

Plastic packaging in the light of Covid-19

Field Notes, powered by KPMG, is a weekly news update on news nationally and globally from the agri-food sector.

Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


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[01 April, Oliver Morrison, Food Navigator]

Covid-19 and its global impacts have resulted in the food packaging debate re-starting, with some stating that plastic is crucial to help protect food from bacteria. On the other hand, others are using the pandemic to state that disposable plastic is unsustainable and carries harmful bacteria. Currently, no evidence shows that food is being associated with the transmission of Covid-19. Consumer spending on packaged food in Europe is soaring, with items such as packaged mandarins soaring by 111 percent in the week ending 08 March.

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