UP Scorecard – Food Chemicals of Concern (FCOC) List
|Beta Version 0.4; November 28, 2023|
|Introduction and Use|
This is a supporting document containing the Food Chemicals of Concern (FCOC) List for the Chemicals of Concern (CoC) metric methodology applied within the Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard. The chemicals of concern within this list are prioritized and grouped into three tiers, where Tier 1 presents a shortlist of priority chemicals of concern to avoid, based on broad stakeholder agreement, and Tiers 2 and 3 present more extensive sets of chemicals that should not be used in the manufacture of food contact materials. The inclusion of substances on this list is based on research and information provided by leading NGOs and industry associations including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP), and the Food Packaging Forum (FPF). To reflect the best science available, this document will be periodically updated in future versions of the scorecard.
Informed by authoritative bodies (e.g. ECHA, UNEP/WHO), a chemical of concern is a chemical substance that has one or more of the following hazard properties:
- Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMR)
- Endocrine disruption
- Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT)
- Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)
Table 1 on the "All Tiers" sheet shows the criteria for each tier with links to the original origin lists used. Table 2 on the "All Tiers" sheet provides the full list of substances and their assigned tier. To filter the table online, select cells B13:AA681 on the "All Tiers" sheet and go to Data -> Filter Views -> Create New Temporary Filterview. Alternatively, download a copy of the document and apply a filter in your desktop spreadsheet software. For a detailed explanation of how the methodology applies these tiers in the CoC metric, see the UP Scorecad's methodology document. Lists of the chemicals just within each of the three tiers are also provided separately on the three other sheets within this document ("Tier 1", "Tier 2", and "Tier 3").
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About the UP Scorecard and SUM’D
The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard is a free, easy-to-use web-based tool to assess the sustainability impacts of common foodware and food packaging choices. It tackles the challenge of finding the most sustainable choice for a specific use case by providing the food service industry (and other users) with consistent and comprehensive environmental and health impact data to make an informed decision.
The UP Scorecard is being further developed and managed by the Single-Use Material Decelerator (SUM’D), which is a passionate and dedicated team of leading food service companies, NGOs, and technical experts. For more information about SUM’D, its members, and the UP Scorecard, visit the UP Scorecard’s website.
Please cite this document as:
Single-Use Material Decelerator (SUM’D). “Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard Food Chemicals of Concern (FCOC) List.” Version 0.4. November 28, 2023. URL: https://upscorecard.org/fcoc-list DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8163917
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