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Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on food contact plastic materials

 

On  11th January 2019 the European Commission published:

 

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2019/37 of 10 January 2019 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

 

The amendments in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 are:

 

  • Table 1 : Entries No 467, 744, 1066, and 1068 are replaced by the following:

 

467

14800

3724-65-0

Crotonic acid

yes

yes

no

 

(35)

 

 

45600

744

18888

080181-31-3

3-hydroxybutanoic acid-3- hydroxypentanoic acid, copolymer

no

yes

no

 

(35)

The substance is used as product obtained by bacterial fermentation. In compliance with the specifications mentioned in the Table 4 of Annex I.

 

1066

 

23985-75-3

1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid, dimethyl ester

no

yes

no

0,05

 

Only to be used as a co-monomer in the manufacture of a polyester non-food contact layer in a plastic multilayer material, which is to be used only in contact with foods for which food simulants A, B, C and/or D1 are assigned in Table 2 of Annex III. The specific migration limit in column 8 refers to the sum of the substance and of its dimers (cyclic and open chain).

 

1068

 

2530-83-8

[3-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)propyl]trimethoxy silane

no

yes

no

 

 

Only to be used as a component of a sizing agent to treat glass fibres to be embedded in glass-fibre-reinforced low diffusivity plastics (polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), thermoset polyesters and epoxy bisphenol vinylester) in contact with all foodstuffs. In treated glass fibres, residues of the substance must not be detectable at 0,01 mg/kg for the substance and 0,06 mg/kg for each of the reaction products (hydrolysed monomers and epoxy-containing cyclic dimer, trimer and tetramer).

 

 

 

  • Table 1: The following entries are inserted in numerical order

 

1059

 

147398-31-0

Poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate)

no

yes

no

 

(35)

Only to be used alone or blended with other polymers in contact with foods for which food simulant E is assigned in Table 2 of Annex III.

 

1067

 

616-38-6

Dimethyl carbonate

no

yes

no

 

 

Only to be used: a) with 1,6-hexanediol in the manufacture of polycarbonate pre- polymers that are used at up to 30 % to manufacture thermoplastic polyurethanes with 4,4′-methylenediphenyldiisocyanate and diols, such as polypropylene glycol and 1,4-butanediol. The resulting material shall only be applied in repeated use articles intended to come into short–term contact (≤ 30 min at room temperature) with food for which simulants A and/or B are assigned in Table 2 of Annex III; or b) for the production of other polycarbonates and/or under other conditions provided that the migration of dimethyl carbonate does not exceed 0,05 mg/kg food and that the migration of all polycarbonate oligomers with a molecular weight below 1 000 Da together does not exceed 0,05 mg/kg food.

(27)

1069

 

75-28-5

Isobutane

yes

no

no

 

 

Only to be used as a blowing agent.

 

 

  • Table 2: the following entry is added

 

35

467

744

1059

0,05

Expressed as crotonic acid’.

 

  • Table 3: the following entry is added

 

(27)

When a final material or article containing this substance and produced under conditions other than those described in point (a) column 10 of Table 1 is placed on the market, a well described method to determine whether the oligomer migration complies with the restrictions specified in point (b) column 10 of Table 1 shall form part of the supporting documentation referred to in Article 16. This method shall be suitable for use by a competent authority to verify compliance. If an adequate method is publicly available, reference shall be made to that method. If the method requires a calibration sample, a sufficient sample shall be supplied to the competent authority on its request.

 

  • Table 4: The row concerning restriction of the entry concerning substance FCM No 744 is replaced by the following

 

Restriction

Specific migration limit for crotonic acid is 0,05 mg/kg food.

 

The amendments in Annex III to Regulation No 10/2011 are:

 

  • In table 3 of point 4, the third and fourth rows are replaced by the following:

 

All aqueous and alcoholic foods and milk products with a pH ≥ 4,5

Food simulant D1

All aqueous and alcoholic foods and milk products with a pH < 4,5

Food simulant D1 and food simulant B’

 

Plastic materials and articles complying with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as applicable before the entry into force of this Regulation may be placed on the market until 31 January 2020 and may remain on the market until exhaustion of stocks.