Food Contact Materials

Ekotox Centers offer consultancy services and elaboration of documentation to prove compliance with EU legislation:

– documentation check;

– preparation of supporting documentation;

– preparation of a Declaration of Compliance (DoC);

– individual consultations.

 

 

 

Food safety is one of the key factors in human health protection. The safety of the materials that come into contact with food (hereinafter referred to as FCM – Food Contact Materials) is no less important. Packaging, bottles, kitchen utensils and their components, tableware, food containers or as well as surfaces in food processing plants and machinery may contain substances capable of migrating into food. However, it is crucial to ensure that these ingredients do not migrate into food in quantities that could endanger human health or bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food or cause a deterioration in the organoleptic characteristics.

Manufacturers, importers and downstream users of FCMs are obliged to demonstrate that the ingredients of the product they are about to place on the market do not exceed the legal migration limits and that the product is safe for the consumer.

Within the European Union, materials and articles intended to come into contact with food must be manufactured in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and must comply with the requirements laid down in 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.

 

 

Plastics, recycled plastics, ceramics, regenerated cellulose film, active and intelligent materials, bisphenol A, epoxy derivatives, N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances, polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong – all of these are further regulated by specific regulations or directives in addition to (EC) No 1935/2004.

 

 

Declaration of Compliance (DoC)

Specific materials (e.g. plastics, regenerated cellulose film, ceramics, etc.) must be accompanied by a written declaration stating that the materials used comply with the relevant regulations – Declaration of Compliance.

The DoC should be accompanied by supporting documentation that is accessible to the inspection authorities.

The DoC summarises information on the manufacturer/importer/downstream user, on the material/product itself and also on the methods and conditions of use. A well-drafted DoC serves as an access to important information for any other user without a need to share confidential information.

 

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