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Food Packaging Directives

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The European regulation (EC) 1935/2004 defines fundamental requirements of food packaging for EU market.

According to this, packaging material shall neither transfer their ingredients into food in quantities that may impair human health, nor deteriorate aroma or taste.

Besides these very general rules some materials are regulated more in detail. Plastics and polymers are regulated in the Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 of 14 January 2011, superseding EU Directive 2002/72/EC. The regulation contains restrictions, migration limit values, and specifications for testing - for safety of food when in contact with plastic materials. While the earlier EU Directive 2002/72 had to be adopted by each Member State in EU with the option of national modifications, this new regulation will become law in all EU Member States directly.

Many links to further information are available from the website of the EU Commission.

Eurofins Offer

Eurofins Product Testing Service and Consultancy on food packaging helps you with:

  • Consultancy and Compliance strategies for food packaging materials
  • IFS compliance strategy for food packaging requirements according to IFS 5
  • Overall migration testing acc. to EN 1186 on food packaging made from plastic
  • Specific migration testing acc. to EN 13130 on food packaging from plastic
  • Residual monomer testing on food packaging materials
  • Consultancy and Testing Services on food packaging

Further information

For further information please contact our specialists:

Packaging Competence Center Denmark
Packaging Competence Center Germany
Packaging Competence Center Italy

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