The new EU food grade plastics regulations come in

2022-07-26
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New EU regulations on food grade plastics came into effect in September

the EU has always paid attention to the safety and health of food and products. On September 1, it was learned that the revised regulation (EU) 2017/752 of the regulation on plastic products in contact with food (EU) 10/2011 was published in the EU Bulletin (OJ), adding six authorized substances again, adding migration restrictions on heavy metal nickel, and further defining the fully migrated food simulants, It also clarifies the detailed requirements in the previous regulations and amends some wording

(EU) the new regulation 2017/752 does not need to be converted into a decree of each member state, and takes effect on may19,2017, 20 days after its publication. At the same time, the regulation has a buffer period for implementation. Plastic materials and products previously applied for compliance with (EU) 2011/10 can continue to be put on the market until 19 May 2018, and the inventory can be cleared

the revised regulation (EU) 2017/752 mainly has the following changes: the list of authorized substances in Table 1 of Annex I is revised and added, the note "1" on compliance verification of some substances is deleted, and 6 substances for authorized use are added. For new substances α- Tocopherol acetate, add the note "this substance or its hydrolysate is a permitted food additive, and it shall be verified whether it meets the requirements of point 3, Article 11 of the regulations." Add the migration limit of nickel in part II of Annex II. The specified limit for nickel is 0.02 (mg/kg food or food simulant). After revision, it further defines the food simulant specified in the comprehensive migration test of food contact products that are expected to contact all kinds of food but the reinforcing sheet at the end of the sample is not firmly pasted. The "food contact surface area and volume ratio" in the (EU) 2011/10 Annex IV declaration of conformity shall be changed to "the most stringent food contact surface area and volume ratio verified"

EU has increasingly strict requirements on heavy metal limit standards for food contact products, especially the migration limit of nickel in plastic products. Nickel is a common metal element that causes contact allergy. The presence of nickel in items that have direct contact with the human body, such as metal rivets, buttons, zippers and metal tags on clothes, may cause human allergy. The EU has always set strict requirements on the migration amount of nickel in metal food contact products such as stainless steel products. This time, the migration limit of nickel is increased in food grade plastic products, which will bring more stringent requirements for product testing and heat sealing strength test for export enterprises

the inspection and Quarantine Department reminded the relevant export enterprises of food contact products that the European Union (EU) 10/2011 regulation is the most stringent and important regulation on food grade plastic products in the EU. Enterprises should follow up the latest regulations and encourage Chinese enterprises to find their own plastic extrusion machinery by themselves. They should timely collect and master the technical regulations and standards related to food contact products issued by the EU, Ensure that relevant products meet the requirements of the new regulations as soon as possible, and gradually change the industry structure in a small and scattered way to avoid unnecessary losses

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