EU Regulation 10/2011 is a specific measure within Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 - the main piece of legislation covering food contact materials intended for sale within the European Union. It is therefore the tool that is used to prove food contact plastics are safe.
This Regulation covers plastics materials and articles which are:
- Intended to come into contact with food
- Already in contact with food
- Reasonably expected to come into contact with food.
The regulation applies to all materials which contain plastics - whether exclusively or as part of a multi-layer structure. The food packaging regulation also applies to plastic materials covered in a coating, and plastic layers which form gaskets in caps and closures.
The directive contains the following requirements:
- A limit on the total amount of material that can be transferred to food from plastic packaging. This is known as the overall migration limit.
- A positive list for monomers which can be used in Food Contact plastics. Some of these monomers have their own specific migration limits.
- A partial positive list for additives which can be used in Food Contact plastics. Some of these have their own specific migration limits.
Complying with EU Regulation 10/2011 is a mandatory requirement for plastic food contact materials. The responsibility for compliance lies with the packaging manufacturer, and any material changes should be re-analysed to demonstrate continued safety.
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