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Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: European Implementation Assessment

Written by Ekaterina Karamfilova,

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Food contact materials (FCMs) are widely used in everyday life in the form of food packaging, kitchen utensils, tableware, etc. When put in contact with food, the different materials may behave differently and transfer their constituents to the food. Thus, if ingested in large quantities, FCM chemicals might endanger human health, or change the food itself. Therefore, food contact materials are subject to legally binding rules at EU level, currently laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 which aims at ensuring FCM safety but also the effective functioning of the internal market in FCM goods.

The regulation sets up a general safety requirement applicable to all possible food contact materials and articles, and envisages a possibility for the adoption of specific safety requirements (i.e. further harmonisation at EU level) for seventeen FCMs listed in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. So far, specific safety requirements have been adopted only for four FCMs: plastics (including recycled plastics), ceramics, regenerated cellulose and so-called active and intelligent materials. Where specific requirements have not been adopted at EU level, Member States could adopt such measures at national level, which is the case for several widely used FCMs, such as: paper & board, metals & alloys, glass, coatings, silicones, rubbers, printing inks etc.

However, as reported by the majority of stakeholders participating in this survey, the lack of specific measures at EU level for some food contact materials/articles negatively impacts the functioning of the internal market for the relevant material/article and its food safety. Stakeholders – across businesses, consumers, environmental and health NGOs, researchers, as well as Member States’ competent authorities – are in favour of specific measures at EU level for the FCMs that are not yet harmonised at EU level.

Read the complete study on ‘Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004‘ in PDF.

EU legislation on food contact materials

EU legislation on food contact materials

Discussion

One thought on “Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: European Implementation Assessment

  1. Sería de agradecer que el Parlamento Europeo se expresara en una lengua europea y para los eopeos. Una que sea o haya sido tradicionalmente vehículo del Arte o la Cultura, o una de las más habladas o estudiadas por los paises de Europa como el francés, el español o el italiano.
    Y no en una lengua EXTRANJERA como el INGLÉS o el AMERICANO. El Español, siendo un idioma europeo, lo hablan además casi 500 millones de personas.

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    Posted by Dolores | July 12, 2016, 12:27

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