Detailed information on PO for food contact

imageSABIC, one of the biggest polyolefins (polyethylenes and polypropylenes) producer, has now all of its food safety and compliance declarations available on line, three years ahead of the required 2016 deadline. The declarations are available on the European pages of the company.

The new regulations involve more stringent testing on the ways migration from packaging into food is tested. As these new regulations come into force over the next three years, plastics processors and packaging companies will need to seek further assurances on compliance from their materials suppliers.

EU Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011 (PIM) came into force on May 1, 2011, and introduces several changes to regulations embodied in Council Directive 82/711/EC, particularly with reference to testing conditions for migration of individual chemicals and in what can be used in the tests to simulate actual foods. There are changes to the duration of some tests, to the temperatures at which some tests are carried out, and to the simulants for aqueous and alcoholic products inside the packaging. However, the new regulation will not become compulsory until January 1, 2016.

For PE and PP, SABIC already has assessed all substances regulated with a Specific Migration Limit (SML) under the new conditions (10 days at 60ºC). Its tests showed that none of its PE or PP materials will be subject to additional restrictions for use in food contact applications.

Food contact legislation in Europe is based on the principle that all substances are forbidden unless they are explicitly allowed. As far as migration from the package to the contents is concerned, there are strict limits on specific migration (SML, relating to individual chemicals) and overall migration (OML, the sum of all specific migrations).

While there is no formal obligation for them to execute migration tests, all manufacturers of plastics raw materials have to provide a Document of Conformity (DoC) to their direct customer, providing confirmation that the material meets the relevant legal requirements. Additionally, they have to disclose the identity of monomers and additives, regulated with an SML and/or QM restriction, as well as the identity of “dual-use” additives, and they have to provide information on restrictions of use if relevant.

For any questions regarding SABIC product safety information, click HERE.

In January 2013, SABIC held a customer e-seminar on the new testing requirements for food packaging under the EU food contact regulation. To view or get a copy of the presentation, click HERE.


Safety commitment in the European paper industry

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF) confirmed their commitment to health and safety in the European paper industry. “Health and safety are key components of sustainability with their human and competitiveness-related dimensions. Through CEPI the industry already committed in 2003 to strive for a zero-accident target” said Teresa Presas, Chairperson of the Paper Sector Social Dialogue. The declining rate of accidents causing an absence of more than three days has already been reduced to 18.6/1000 in 2009.

GMP for food contact

image_thumb[2]The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) published a 30 page document on "Good Manufacturing Practice for the Manufacture of Paper and Board for Food Contact". The document contains a number of new concepts and methodologies, the detailed operation of which may be unfamiliar to some users. Published as "Issue 1", the document will be reviewed by the end of 2011. CEPI welcomes contributions. A copy is available on DOCS page.

FDA extends rPET approval

Food and ready meal packaging can be made of up to 100% recycled PET (rPET) produced on VACUREMA recycling systems, even if temperatures rise above 120°C during the heating process. It does not matter if the items are heated in a microwave or conventional oven.

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Packaging Conference during PACK EXPO

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will present The Packaging Learning Center conference program at PACK EXPO International 2010 (Chicago, October 31–November 3).
The program, which runs November 1–3, includes sessions focusing on a range of topics that are top of mind with packaging professionals, including sustainability and food safety. The sessions, open to all PACK EXPO attendees, will be led bya mix of end users, industry consultants and suppliers.