October 28, 2003 — McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Packaging/Subcommittee

October 28, 2003 — McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Packaging/Subcommittee



McCormick Place

Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


I. Call Meeting to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Al Lear, Wissahickon Spring Water, who announced the presence of a quorum. Those present were:

Subcommittee Members:

Shayron Barnes-Selby, Danone Waters, N.A.

Joe Benacqauista, Portola Packaging, Inc.

Tammy Bliss, CCDA Waters

Dennis Bodoh, Allied Purchasing Co.

Tom Condon, Suntory Water Group, Inc..

Glen Davis, Absopure Water Co.

Vincent Ducasse, Groupe Danone

Douglas Hidding, Blackhawk

Al Lear, Wissahickon Spring Water Co.

Kevin Mathews, Perrier/Nestle Waters N.A.

Jo Russell-Price, Mountain Valley Spring Co.

Kristin Safran, National Testing Laboratories

Steve Stafford, Eastman Chemical Co.


IBWA Staff:

Bob Brady, Hogan and Hartson

Kim Green, IBWA


II. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the June 19, 2003, Packaging Subcommittee meeting.


III. Work Groups

The Packaging Subcommittee Work Groups gave a brief overview of their work in progress. Copies of three written documents that the HDPE/PET/Caps and Closures Work Groups are working with/on were presented to the Subcommittee for review (“High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Packing for the Bottled Water Industry”; “Packaging Materials 1. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) for Food Packaging Applications”, and “Plastic Closure Manufacturing Overview”).

Subcommittee members discussed how to best complete these three documents and share with IBWA members. It was decided that the authors would give more thought to the completeness of their products and a decision would be made during a December conference call on whether and how to complete these documents and share with IBWA members.

Subcommittee members discussed the merits of developing information or perhaps guidance on sensorial test methods. Supplier members commented that there is no standard process for evaluating sensorial characteristics for bottles or closures. Subcommittee members agreed to pull together a variety of information to further explore this concept:

    • Joe Benacqauista will put together a list of taste methodologies used by resin manufacturers for evaluating sensorial characteristics
    • Steve Stafford and Tom Condon will also work on putting together information on taste methodologies
    • Kristin Safran will develop language on detection factors for taste & odor testing
    • Kevin Mathews will gather information on Nestle’s methodologies for taste and order evaluation
    • Glen Davis will obtain a copy of a protocol for Taste Panels
    • Vincent Ducasse will put together a list of variables associated with taste and odor issues

Subcommittee members will e-mail their information to each other, and it will be discussed during a December conference call.

Jo Russell-Price reported that the Bottler Troubleshooting Work Group has finalized “Guidelines for Product Sample Retention.” The procedures for sample retention outlined in the document are not IBWA requirements, rather just guidance. The guidelines will be made available to IBWA members (free of charge) via the members-only section of the IBWA website.


IV. Review of Subcommittee Mission/Focus

Subcommittee members reviewed the Mission & Policy Statements for the IBWA Packaging Subcommittee that was previously approved in January 2002. It was moved and approved that the mission as stated was still relevant and that the Subcommittee should continue.

Subcommittee members agreed that after completion of current work products, next steps would come from the previously developed Packaging Subcommittee Matrix.


V. New Business

Joe Benacqauista informed members of a recent issue that has developed regarding the possible presence of semicarbazide (SEM) in some plastic sealing gaskets. The presence of SEM could be linked to azodicarbonamide, a common blowing agent used in manufacturing.

Steve Stafford reviewed recent claims of concerns regarding the presence of antimony trioxide in wastewater derived from recycling of PET. Antimony trioxide is used as a catalyst in the manufacture of PET.

Subcommittee members discussed possible safety concerns regarding the use of sports caps as closures on bottled water. Joe Benacqauista informed members that the International Society of Beverage Technologists’ (ISBT) Test Methods Subcommittee has agreed to examine the issue and plans to develop a Test method for this closure. ISBT anticipates completing the Test Method in mid to late 2004. Subcommittee members agreed that IBWA should liaison with ISBT on this issue to keep IBWA members informed. Joe stated that Portola has a person on this Subcommittee (Anand Khare) and that Portola would share information with the Subcommittee on the ISBT’s progress.

Al Lear agreed to serve as the Chair of the IBWA Packaging Subcommittee for 2004.


VI. Adjournment

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

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