Author: Andrea Martin
This article shows – based on experimental facts of audits – what we need to know, in addition to the declaration of compliance of food packaging materials provided by the suppliers, about the packaging materials of our products before using it as a material that comes into direct contact with a given food item. We will discuss the expectations for the overall migration test reports of plastic-based packaging materials and products too.
Legal framework: Plastic packaging materials coming into contact with food A general regulation framework for materials and products coming into contact with foods was established by Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/ EEC. Taking into consideration scientific progress, the new law allows the introduction of „active” and „intelligent” materials that increase the shelf life of foods or provide information on their freshness (e.g. the colour of the packaging changes when food quality deteriorates). This law is to be applied for all materials and articles that come into contact with foods: all packaging materials (plastics and glass), bottles, eating utensils, and also adhesives and printing inks used for the labels . There is a very useful web-based search engine on EU legislation that was used to obtain the above short content .
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