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SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 093/17

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Turkey is proposing to adopt draft Regulations on food contact materials and articles. The proposed date of entry into force is Q3 of 2017.

In May 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated two notifications from Turkey relating to two pieces of draft legislation on food contact materials and articles. These are:

  • Food Codex Communiqué for rules on food contact active and intelligent materials and articles (WTO document number 17-2904 [1]). These specific rules complement requirements for food contact active and intelligent materials in the draft Food Codex Regulation under WTO document number 17-2905
  • Food Codex Regulation for rules on food contact materials and articles, as well as procedures for the authorization of substances that are used in these materials and products (WTO document number 17-2905 [2])

Many of the provisions in the draft Food Codex Regulation contain similar language to those for Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, the so-called ‘EU Framework for food contact’. This draft Regulation [3] contains a number of important provisions, including:

  • General safety
  • Rules for food contact active and intelligent materials and articles
  • Establishing 17 categories of food contact materials and articles (Table 1)
  • Rules for food contact paper (Annex 3), metals and alloys (Annex 4), glass (Annex 5) and dyes/colorants in plastics (Annex 6)
  • General rules for authorization of new substances
  • Labeling. This may be in the form of words such as ‘for food contact’, indication of specific use such as ‘wine bottle’ or the glass and fork symbol (Annex 1)
  • Declaration of conformity (DoC)
  • Special provisions for the use of recycled plastics, including those for polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

According to the two WTO documents, the proposed date of entry into force for each piece of draft legislation is August 30, 2017.

Highlights of the 17 categories of food contact materials and articles from WTO document number 17-2905 are summarized in Table 1.

WTO Document Number 17-2905, May 31, 2017
17 Categories of Food Contact Materials and Articles
Item Material/Article Item Material/Article
1 Active and intelligent materials and articles 10 Printing inks
2 Adhesives 11 Regenerated cellulose
3 Ceramics 12 Rubber
4 Cork 13 Silicones
5 Glass 14 Textiles
6 Ion-exchange resins 15 Varnishes and coatings
7 Metals and alloys 16 Wax
8 Paper and board 17 Wood
9 Plastics

SGS technical experts have extensive knowledge and testing experience in materials and articles in contact with food. They work to ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. From overall migration test to expert advices on emerging regulations and compliance issues and documentation review, SGS is the partner to trust. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or visit our website.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hingwo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
t: +852 2774 7420

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