Italy has amended its requirements for food contact stainless steels. The amendment will become effective on February 3, 2023.
On January 19, 2023, Italy issued Decree of the Minister of Health No. 208 of November 25, 2022, to amend Decree of the Minister for Health of March 21, 1973 on ‘Hygiene rules for packaging, containers and utensils intended to come into contact with foodstuffs or personal use products’ in relation to stainless steels.
The latest amendment revises Decree of the Minister of Health No. 72 of May 9, 2019, on food contact stainless steels, as corrected by a press release in Official Gazette No. 267 of November 14, 2019.
The latest amendment contains two important changes:
- Adds stainless steel with numerical designation 1.4062 under UNI EN 10088-1:2014 ‘Stainless Steels Part 1 – List of Stainless Steels’ to the positive list. This type of stainless steel is also designated as UNS S32202
- Adds one entry specifying the list of added elements that are permitted in food contact stainless steels that are not on the positive list, provided these are exclusively for the manufacture of kitchen and tableware that are intended for repeated short duration use at hot or ambient temperatures (entry n to Part B of amendment)
Decree of the Minister of Health No. 28 of November 25, 2022 will become effective on February 3, 2023.
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