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NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar

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BC Centre For Disease Control / Online webinar

655 12th Ave W

Lane Level Lecture Hall

Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4

Canada

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The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar. Webinar instructions will be included in the confirmation email. A recording of this webinar will be posted on the NCCEH website.

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Title: Unwrapped – Plastic Food Contact Articles And Chemical Food Safety

Speaker:

Shirra Freeman, Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH

Summary:

Plastics are emerging as an important environmental public health (EPH) issue. Within this issue, the safety of plastic food contact articles (PFCA) is especially important for EPH practice. PFCA are designed to safeguard the quality and safety of food and are used extensively in food service and retail settings. Plastic packages, utensils, surfaces, equipment and components provide cost-efficient, convenient solutions for handling, processing, preparing and serving food. The main safety concern is that under certain conditions, toxic chemicals may leach from PFCA into foods, exposing consumers to health risks.

While guidelines for physical and microbial safety related to PFCA are established within EPH practice, oversight of chemical risks is rare. Existing federal and provincial legislation on PFCA and chemical risks tend to be broad, making it difficult to develop clear, consistent guidance and enforceable codes at the local level. In addition, extensive useful information from registries has not been translated into forms easily used by field practitioners.

This webinar will focus on PFCA and chemical food safety in food service and retail environments. Issues discussed include prescribed uses of food grade plastics and chemical migration risk. Examples of commonly observed unsafe practices and safer alternatives will be provided as will an overview of trends and gaps in policy. A brief discussion of EPH–relevant issues in plastics, in particular microplastics will also be given.

Speaker Bio:

Shirra’s research spans economics, decision science and risk assessment related to environmental health. She has worked in the areas of sustainable aquaculture, plastic pollution and chemical exposures and is especially interested in evidence-based policy and decision making. Prior to joining the NCCEH team, her work bridged research and research translation. She was the coordinator of sustainability programming for the municipality of Haifa and a research fellow with University of Haifa’s, Recanati Institute of Marine Studies. She holds a B.A. and M.Sc. in economics from York University and University College London and a Ph.D. from the University of Haifa.

Please note: Citrix GoToMeeting webinar capacity is limited to 100 attendees. To accommodate this, please consider attending the webinar as part of a group. Successful registration does not guarantee you an attendee spot in the webinar. Please arrive early to secure a spot. If you are unable to attend after registering, please cancel your registration prior to the event. Thank you!

These sessions are eligible for CIPHI Professional Development Hours. If you would like a letter of credit validation for CIPHI PDHs, please specify this on the registration form. Letters are sent out annually in January.

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BC Centre For Disease Control / Online webinar

655 12th Ave W

Lane Level Lecture Hall

Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4

Canada

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