Evaluation of Current Framework for Food Contact Legislation
The Commission has started the process of reviewing the current legislative framework for Food Contact Materials (FCM) by issuing a draft Roadmap. Comments on this from both industry organisations and NGOs have generally welcomed the review. The draft envisages a 12 week web based consultation taking place in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the year; it would therefore seem unlikely that any conclusion will be published before the year end.
Regulation 2018/79 amending the Plastics Regulation 10/2011 was published in January. A further draft amendment has been circulated and can be expected to be published soon. Both amendments only affect Annex I of the Regulation, adding to and amending the list of substances authorised for use in plastics FCM.
Regulation 2018/213 on bisphenol A (BPA) has been published.
- It amends the Plastics Regulation 10/2011 to lower the Specific Migration Limit (SML) for BPA to 0.05 mg/kg.
- It sets the same SML for varnishes and coatings, including those applied to non-plastic materials.
- It bans the migration of BPA from Food Contact Materials intended for packing foods intended for infants and toddlers.
It will apply from 6th September 2018.
Printed Food Contact Materials
For both the Commission and FPE, the most important activity in 2018 is likely to be the development of a measure on printed FCM. The Commission has had some initial dialogue with Member States and Industry on the issues but no firm proposals have yet been made. FPE will mainly contribute to the debate via its membership of the Packaging Inks Joint Industry Task Force. This brings together all the players in the printed FCM supply chain - substance manufacturers, ink makers, converters and food packers. A position paper has been drafted which will form the basis of our discussions with the Commission. This will be published shortly.