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The topic of plastic in produce packaging has been addressed in a big way by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.

The Ottawa-based group has released a technical report on the use of plastics in the Canadian fresh produce sector.

An executive summary of the report, developed by Value Chain Management International, is available is on the CPMA website.

The technical report, according to the report, describes the results of months of research on Canadian and global plastic use, particularly for the fresh produce supply chain.

The report and a subsequent roadmap addressing plastic packaging in the produce industry stem from the work of CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group, according to a news release.

“These publications are a manifestation of CPMA’s efforts and vision for a green economy that identifies concerns around fragmented systems, unnecessary and problematic plastics, the benefits of plastics when used within the appropriate system and the need to reduce food waste and ensure food security in our efforts around sustainable packaging,” CPMA president Ron Lemaire said in the release. “Together with our members and partners across the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain, and with our colleagues throughout the food system, we hope to be a catalyst for positive and viable change that enables businesses to thrive, communities to flourish and consumer preferences and demands to be met.”

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