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Two new chemicals to be added to list for food contact materials by Nick Boley
October 8, 2013, 12:45
Filed under: chemicals, EU Information, EU Regulation/Legislation | Tags:

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of its intention to add 2 substances to the list contained in the Regulation on plastic materials intended to come into contact with food.

The two new chemicals are:

  • 2-phenyl-3,3-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)phthalimidine that could be used only as a co-monomer in polycarbonate copolymers; and
  • 1,3-bis(isocyanatomethyl)benzene, which can be used only as co-monomer in the manufacture of a middle layer coating on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) polymer film in a multilayer film

A copy of the new draft Regulation which corrects and amends Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food has also been sent to the WTO. When the Regulation comes into force, laboratories will need to be able to accurately measure both of these substances in food contact materials and in foodstuffs to check whether they have migrated.

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