Netherlands Amends Regulation on Food Contact Materials and Articles
SAFEGUARDS | Food NO. 003/17
The Netherlands has amended its technical requirements for certain food contact materials and articles falling under the Commodities Act Regulation. The new law became effective on January 1, 2017.
Part A  of the Dutch Commodities Act Regulation on Packaging and Consumer Articles Coming into Contact with Foodstuffs (Commodities Act (Packaging and Consumer Articles) Regulation [Warenwetregeling verpakkingen en gebruiksartikelen]) contains rules and requirements for 12 types of food contact material and articles. These are plastics (Chapter I), paper & cardboards (Chapter II), rubber (Chapter III), metals (Chapter IV), glass & glass ceramics (Chapter V), ceramics & enamels (Chapter VI), textiles (Chapter VII), regenerated cellulose films (Chapter VIII), wood & corks (Chapter IX), coatings (Chapter X), colorants & pigments (Chapter XI) and epoxy polymers (Chapter XII)
On November 3, 2016, the Dutch Minister for Public Health, Welfare and Sport published 1028394-156011-VGP of October 26, 2016 to amend the Commodities Act Regulation on packaging and consumer products. The new law, published under number 58058 in Staatscourant 2016 , contains a number of important changes, including:
- Amending the list of authorized substances for plastics, paper & cardboards, metals and coatings.
- Amending the specific migration limit (SML) for some organic chemicals used in plastic food contact materials (FCMs).
- Amending the SML for total zirconium compounds (expressed as zirconium) in plastics to become less stringent (Table 1).
- Amending the SML for zirconium in glass & glass ceramics to become less stringent; from 0.05 mg/kg to 2.0 mg/kg.
- Requiring the use of 1.5% citric acid or the foodstuff itself for the specific migration of zirconium in passivated metals. The SML for zirconium in these food contact materials and articles has become less stringent; from 0.05 mg/kg to 2.0 mg/kg.
The amendment became effective on January 1, 2017.
Highlights of the SML for total zirconium compounds, expressed as zirconium, in plastics are summarized in Table 1.
|Chapter I to Annex Part A of the Commodities Act Regulation on Packaging and Consumer Articles Relating to Plastics|
(1028394-156011-VGP of October 26, 2016)
Zirconium compound (CAS)
Zirconium (IV) n-propoxide (23519-77-9)
Zirconium naphthalene (72854-21-8)
Zirconium octanoate (-)
Zirconium oxide (12036-01-0, 1314-23-4 and 53801-45-9)
|SML requirement for total zirconium compounds||≤ 0.05 mg/kg ||≤ 2.0 mg/kg|
|Effective date||In force||January 1, 2017|
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