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The provisions in both new laws will be implemented in phases, starting April 5, 2018.

SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 062/18

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Turkey has published two pieces of legislation governing the use of food contact materials and articles & food contact active and intelligent materials and articles. The provisions in both new laws will be implemented in phases, starting April 5, 2018.

On April 5, 2018 Turkey published two pieces of legislation on food contact materials and articles under its Food Codex in T.C. Resmi Gazete Number 30382. These two new laws are:

  • Communication Number 2018/9 [1] on rules for active and intelligent materials and articles
  • Regulations on food contact materials and articles [2]. This will repeal the Turkish Food Codex Regulations on food contact materials and articles Number 28157 (Repeat 3) of December 29, 2011 [3]

The requirements for food contact active and intelligent materials under Communication Number 2018/9 are similar to those falling under Regulation (EC) 450/2009 [4] for similar food contact materials (FCM) and articles for the European Union (EU), including the use of the ‘do not eat’ symbol (Annex 1) and the information required for a declaration of conformity (DoC) (Annex 2).

The language in the Turkish Regulations on food contact materials and articles is based on Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 [5], the European Framework Regulation on food contact materials and articles. It is interesting to note that these Regulations also contain provisions for food contact paper and board, metals and alloys, as well as colorants/dyes for plastics.

Each of these two new pieces of legislation will be implemented in phases, starting April 5,2018. These include, among other compliance dates:

  • Food contact active and intelligent materials and articles that are manufactured, imported, processed or marketed before the publication of Communication Number 2018/9 will become effective on January 1, 2020
  • Food contact paper in Annex 3 under Turkish Food Codex Number 30382 of April 5, 2018 are to comply with the specifications in Table 1 of Annex II to Turkish Food Codex Number 28157 that was published on December 29, 2011. This is until December 31, 2019. From January 1, 2020, food contact paper is required to comply with Table 1 in Annex 3 under Turkish Food Codex Number 30382 of April 5, 2018

Highlights of major provisions in the Turkish new Regulations on food contact materials and articles are summarized in Table 1.

Turkish Food Codex
Regulations on Materials and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with Food
T.C. Resmi Gazete Number 30382
April 5, 2018

Item Highlight
1 Rules for food contact active and intelligent materials and articles to complement Communication Number 2018/9 of April 5, 2018 in T.C. Resmi Gazete Number 30382
2 Rules for groups of materials and articles
3 Rules for authorization of new substances
4 Establishing 17 categories of food contact materials and articles (Annex 1). These are the following: active & intelligent, adhesives, ceramics, cork, glass, ion-exchange resins, metals & alloys, paper & board, plastics, printing inks, regenerated cellulose, rubber, silicones, textiles, varnishes & coatings, wax and wood
5 Rules for labeling. This may be in the form of words such as ‘for food contact’, specific phrases such as ‘soup spoon’, or the glass and fork symbol (Annex 2)
6 Declaration of conformity (DoC)
7 Traceability of materials and articles along the supply chain
8 Rules and requirements for food contact paper and board materials and articles (Annex 3), metals and alloys (Annex 4) and dyes/colorants in plastics (Annex 6)

Table 1

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.

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Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for food contact materials and articles for the Turkish market.

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