Eurofins | Newsflash - May 2018 | FCM
Friday, May 4, 2018
Microplastics in our daily lives: A growing concern
On 27th March, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health notified to World Trade Organization the Draft Act amending the Federal Law on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (Law on Therapeutic Products, LPTh)).
Fluorinated substances in food contact materials (FCM) of cardboard and paper
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) has made some changes in relation to the assessment of total organic fluorine (TOrF) content in cardboard and paper for food contact.
Fluorinated substances belong to a group of chemical substances that are highly degradable and which can accumulate in humans and animals. There are several of these substances suspected of being carcinogenic, harmful to the immune system and of causing hormonal disorder…
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New sheets about materials in contact with foodstuffs
DGCCRF (Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consummation et de la Répression des Fraudes) has recently published new versions of the following food contact materials sheets:
|07/03/2018||DGCCRF - Fiche MCDA n°2 (V01 – 01/05/2016) Food contact suitability of inorganic materials (excluding metal and alloys)||French version||English version|
|9/03/2018||DGCCRF - General information concerning the regulation of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food||French version||English version|
(*) Only the French version is the Official one
Toolbox to reduce the amount of contaminants in food
This year 2018, the German BLL (Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e.V.)(Industry organization representing the German food industry), has published a document on preventing the transfer of undesired mineral oil hydrocarbons into food.
New legislation about food contact materials
On 5th April 2018, The Turkey’s Official Gazette published the new legislations on food contact materials (FCMs):
This legislation aligns the Turkish rules with the EU regulations for FCM and active and intelligent materials intended to be in contact with food. The deadline to comply with the new laws is end of 2018 (or end of 2019 for some exceptions)
NHFPC published new notice regarding 6 new approved food contact additives and other relevant updates
On March 22, 2018, National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) adopted the safety evaluation of some new additives and monomers from China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), and published notice No. 3 of 2018 based on Food Safety Law. This updated rule will come into effect on the date of publication.
The detailed information of the new approved substances is as follows:
- new food contact additive is allowed to be used as additive for manufacturing food contact materials and articles;
|1||-||Homopolymers of distillates (petroleum), C3-6, piperylene-rich (C5) and copolymers with one or more of the following: isobutylene (C4), styrene, and alpha-methylstyrene|
- food contact additive is expanded in terms of scope and usage;
- three new resins are allowed to be used as food contact resins;
|3||-||Polymer of adipic acid with isophthalic acid, maleic anhydride, 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol, 2,2-dihydroxymethyl butanol and dimethyl-2,6-naphthalene dicarboxyla|
|4||-||Polymer of isophthalic acid, maleic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, phosphoric acid, trimethylol propane and 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol|
|5||-||Polymer of isophthalic acid and terephthalic acid, adipic acid, trimethylol propane, 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol and ethylene glycol|
- food contact resin is expanded in terms of scope and usage;
The complete notification can be found here (in Chinese).
US - California
2018-2020 priority product work plan
On 9th March 2018, the public consultation about the Draft 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan launched by State of California’s Safer Consumer Products program was closed. In this plan, the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) added the food contact materials (FCMs) category to the 5 already existing categories in the 2015-2017 plan.