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New MOOC: Discover the importance of kitchenware and packaging that is safe for people and the environment alike

Food safety is highly regulated. Yet, one blind spot is the migration of molecules from contact materials in kitchenware into food. Particular attention needs to be placed on chemicals present at low doses but acting on the endocrine system over a long time.

On this course, you’ll learn about these endocrine disrupters and their potential impact on human health and the environment.

You’ll evaluate how chemicals can migrate from packaging and slowly affect our endocrine health, and how tests can check for safety. Ultimately, you’ll better understand how we can improve food safety in general.

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A flexible online course

This course is hosted on FutureLearn, and is accessible free of charge. Participants can learn at their own pace, at anytime, anywhere, either on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

100% of learners stated that they gained knowledge thanks to this course developed by University of Turin in collaboration with CSIC, The Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn and Tellspec. Consumer and Environmental Safety: Food Packaging and Kitchenware” is 1 of 25 EIT Food online courses available all year round for consumers and citizens.

This course attracted 2600+ learners from 61 countries to date. It is composed of 25 learning hours, broken down in 5 weeks.

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on the importance of safe food packaging and kitchenware in your daily life and choices
  • Evaluate how chemicals can migrate from packaging and slowly affect our endocrine health
  • Assess how chemical and biological tests are done and evaluate their importance for safety
  • Describe the professional roles of all stakeholders in the business of food safety in general
  • Discuss the topics of the course with increased knowledge and contribute to global awareness
  • Interpret information and news with increased critical sense, especially when dealing with consumers’ health and protection


EIT Food Education focuses on looking at ways to attract, develop and empower talent to help transform the food system into an innovative sector, one which produces healthy and sustainable food and is trusted by society. Adult educators and trainers play a crucial role in enabling such transformation.


Connection with 2022 EPALE Thematic Focuses

Since adult education plays a key role in sustainable development and promotes social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development by enabling positive conditions for empowering active citizens, EIT Food may support adult educators in this challenge. This course is a valuable tool for trainings and educational programmes on sustainability and citizenship.


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This blog post has been written by Maria João Soares, Junior Marketing Manager at EIT Food.

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