Algeria has detailed specific requirements for food contact metals and alloys. The new law can be considered as effective immediately.
On April 12, 2023, Algeria’s Department of Commerce and Export Promotion issued Interministerial Decree of December 18, 2022, on food contact metals and alloys (in Arabic or French translation). The new law prescribes specific measures for general and specific types of food contact metals and alloys.
Highlights of the new Decree are summarized in Table 1.
Department of Commerce and Export Promotion
Interministerial Decree of 24 Joumada El Oula 1444 corresponding to December 18, 2022, setting the specifications relating to materials and articles made of metals and alloys intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, Official Journal of Algeria, No 25, April 12, 2023
‘Specific migration limits (SML) for metals and alloys’
‘Specifications and limits for steels and stainless steels’
‘Specifications and composition limits for aluminum and aluminum alloys’
‘Specifications and composition limits for non-alloy cast iron’’
‘Specifications and composition limits for tin and tin alloys’
‘Specifications and composition limits for zinc and zinc alloys’
‘Specifications and composition limits for articles made of various metals coated with a metallic coating’
Decree of December 18, 2022 Annex I Table 1 ‘Specific migration limits (SML) for metals and alloy components’ (per Decree text¹)
1Magnesium (Mg) and titanium (Ti) are also listed but without SMLs
Decree of December 18, 2022 Annex I Table 2 ‘Specific migration limits (SML) for metals as contaminants and impurities’ (per Decree text)
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