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Food Contact Materials | Monthly bulletin | November 2019

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Food Contact Materials

Regulatory news - Commercial news 


Regulatory news




Upcoming dates of application: Regulation (EU) 2019/37 for plastic materials


As a reminder, below you will a summary of the legislation that will start applying within the next six months:


Manufacturers and importers should carefully consider these coming dates of application and confirm that their products comply with:


  • Commission Regulation (EU) 10/2011 - Plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food


Plastic materials and articles complying with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as applicable before the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2019/37 of 10 January 2019 may be placed on the market until 31 January 2020 and may remain on the market until exhaustion of stocks.


It will start applying on 31st January 2020. 


Regulatory updates


Below a summary table with recent regulation proposal notified to European Commission (Non-exhaustive):


Notification number





The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020


The aim is to promote and secure an increase in recycling of materials. The main points, between others, are:

  • Prohibit the marketing or sale of single-use drinks containers made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET plastic), steel, aluminium or glass, if the producer of those articles is not registered with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • A 20p deposit is applied each time one of those single use drinks containers is sold
  • Require producers to collect a percentage of their packaging
  • Provide for producers to appoint a scheme administrator to meet the above obligations on their behalf. Anyone seeking to act as a scheme administrator must be approved by the Scottish Ministers




Potential health risks in colourful printed paper


On 26th September 2019, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published the Opinion No. 037/2019 (in German) about potential health risks posed by colourfully printed paper-based food contact materials.


They measured migration of the following 4 chemical substances related to azo dyes in paper food contact materials:


Chemical name

CAS number

3-hydroxy-2-naphthanilide (naphthol AS)


2′,4′-dimethylacetoacetanilide (NAAX)


Acetamide,N-(2-chloro-4-methylphenyl) (NDPA)


3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (HNS)



BfR indicates that the toxicological data is insufficient to evaluate the safety of these substances which have been found in food. In conclusion, BfR recommends that any materials that release these substances or their precursors should not be used in contact with food.


US | California


New recycling legislation


Recently, the U.S. State of California approved the following bills related to recycling legislation:


AB-1583 The California Recycling Market Development Act: Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop a comprehensive market development plan that will stimulate demand of recycled materials. This bill would delete the triangle symbol “chasing arrows” that is currently indicated in the packaging.


AB-827 Solid waste: commercial and organic waste: recycling bins: It would require a commercial business to provide customers with a recycling bin or container for their waste. Full-service restaurants would be exempted. It would also require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop model signage that commercial and organic waste generators may utilize to mark the recycling bins provided to customers.




New substances added to FDA inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances


The following substances have been recently added to the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances (FCS) Notifications of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


FCN number




A mixture of 1-decene, polymer with sulfur dioxide (CAS Reg. No. 33990-98-6); 1,3-propanediamine, N1-(9Z)-9-octadecen-1-yl-, polymer with 2-(chloromethyl)oxirane (CAS Reg. No. 1010121-89-7); and dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (CAS Reg. No. 27176-87-0). REPLACES FCN 1819

Sep 14, 2019


An aqueous mixture of peroxyacetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 79-21-0), hydrogen peroxide (CAS Reg. No. 7722-84-1), acetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 64-19-7), sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9), and 1-hydroxyethylidine-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) (CAS Reg. No. 2809-21-4). REPLACES FCN 1850

Sep 11, 2019




New requirements for food packaging


Recently, the Indonesia’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) published new regulations for food packaging.


The aim is to provide packaging which does not endanger human health. It covers new and recycled materials such as plastics, inks and dyes, paper and paperboard, resins and polymer coatings, metals, ceramics, and glass.


The annexes contained in the legislation are:


  • (i) Prohibited substances
  • (ii) Permitted substances with a specific migration limit
  • (iii) FCMs and their total migration limits
  • (iv) Specifications for materials used as packaging by food and beverage type


It came into force on 29th July 2019 and all packaging must comply with these new regulations by 29th July 2020.


Please, click here for getting the BPOM’s publication.




Regulatory proposals notified to WTO


Below a summary table with some recent notifications to World Trade Organization (non-exhaustive):


Notification number / Link





Establishment of the quantity specified by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare as the quantity that is unlikely harm to human health



Partial amendment to the Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives, Etc. (Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification No. 370 of 1959) and the Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk Products Concerning Compositional Standards, Etc. (Order of the Ministry of Health and Welfare No. 52 of 1951)


Partial revision of the specifications and standards for utensils, containers, and packaging for milk and milk products


Product Recalls / Alerts


Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RASFF”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”)




RASFF (European Commission Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - Alerts reported by EU national authorities)


The following 13 alerts regarding Food Contact Materials. have been reported, from 21st September to 20th October of 2019.



Substance / Hazard

Polyamide sausage

Too high level of overall migration (18.7 mg/dm²)


Plastic bottles

Deterioration of organoleptic characteristics (smell and taste) of water


Ceramic knives

Sharp fragments


Barbeque grid

Migration of zinc (660 mg/kg - ppm)


Grill and dripping plate

Migration of nickel (0.3 mg/kg - ppm)


Dessert steel forks

Migration of chromium (0.11; 0.47; 0.59 mg/l)


Melamine tableware and bamboo plates

Migration of formaldehyde (24.1 mg/kg - ppm)


Oven grill and dripping pan

Migration of nickel (0.5 mg/kg - ppm)


 Oven grill and dripping pan

Migration of nickel (0.5 mg/kg - ppm)


Electric fryer grills

Migration of iron (98.3 mg/kg - ppm) and too high level of overall migration (69 mg/dm²)


 Bamboo mug

Migration of formaldehyde (up to 207.8 mg/kg - ppm)


Nylon kitchen utensils

Migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 943; 4,4'MDA: 40000 µg/kg - ppb)



 Unfit for use as food contact material (steel AISI 201)





From on 21st September to 20th October 2019, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls: 0 recalls regarding Food Contact Materials.


Commercial news



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