SAFEGUARDS | Hardlines NO. 010/19
On January 11, 2019, the European Union (EU) published Regulation (EU) 2019/37  to revise Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on Food Contact Plastics. The latest publication contains, inter alia, the following:
- Replacing four substances and adding three completely new substances to the Union list of authorized substances (Table 1 to Annex I)
- Adding one completely new entry for a group restriction of three substances. These are to be expressed as crotonic acid (Table 2 to Annex I)
- Replacing the specification for 3-hydroxybutanoic acid-3-hydroxypentanoic acid, copolymer (FCM substance no. 744) with a specific migration limit for crotonic acid
- Replacing two rows on the use of food simulants for certain foods (Table 3 to Point 4 of Annex III, see Table 1 below)
The latest Regulation will become effective on January 31, 2019 (date of entry into force).
According to the latest Regulation, food contact plastics that are compliant before the effective date of the latest publication may be placed on the market until January 31, 2019 and may remain on the market until stocks are exhausted.
Highlights on the use of simulants for certain food types in Table 3 under Point 4 to Annex III of Regulation (EU) 2019/37 and a comparison with existing rules are summarized in Table 1.
|Rows 3 and 4 to Table 3 of Point 4 under Annex III ‘Food Simulant Assignment for Demonstrating Compliance with the Overall Migration Limit’|
|Regulation (EU) 2019/37 amending Regulation (EU) 10/2011||Regulation (EU 10/2011
(amended by Regulation (EU) 2017/752)
|Scope||Food Contact Plastics||Food Contact Plastics|
|Food simulant to be used for food type||50% ethanol for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products with a pH ≥ 4.5||50% ethanol for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products|
|3% acetic acid and 50% ethanol for aqueous and alcoholic food and milk products with a pH < 4.5||3% acetic acid and 50% ethanol for aqueous, acidic and alcoholic food and milk products|
|Effective date||January 31, 2019||In force|
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.
Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for food contact plastics for the EU market.
For enquiries, please contact:
Global Information and Innovation Manager
t: +852 2774 7420
Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!
Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry© SGS Group Management SA - 2019 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.