Briefs: Non-PVC Food Wrap

Diamant Film, a Canadian company, is responding to banning of PVC stretch films used for foods and now has exclusive marketing and distribution rights for its non-PVC films in China, South Korea and Thailand. PVC films contain DEHA, a carcinogenic plasticizer, and are being banned because of concerns about the health risks arising when the packaging comes into contact with foods. Diamant claims that its films have two additional advantages: they require 25% less material than PVC wrappers and allow oxygen to pass through the film to the food, this ensuring that foods in general and meat in particular retain their colour.