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Turkey Intends to Further Align Food Contact Plastics with the EU

SafeGuardSHardgoodsSeptember 27, 2023

SG 122/23

Turkey has amended its proposed revision to its food contact plastics regulation. If approved, the new law will become effective on January 1, 2026.

On September 4, 2023, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a revised draft amendment from Turkey signalling its intention to revise the nation’s Food Codex Communiqué on food contact plastics.

The revised draft amendment, attached to WTO document number 23-5884 and notified under G/TBT/N/TUR/135/Add.1, implements two amendments to Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics in the European Union (EU). These are:

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 (amendment 15 to Regulation (EU) 10/2011) – among the changes were provisions in relation to 1,3-phenylenediamine, (FCM no 236), antimony trioxide (FCM no 398), several authorized substances, primary aromatic amines (PAA), a table defining the specific migration limit (SML) of 19 substances and an additional five substances where their migrations are subject to certain conditions and requirements for repeated use articles (SafeGuardS 134/20)
  • Regulation (EU) 2023/1442 (amendment 16) – an important revision, among other things, delists two substances, adds and replaces several authorized substances and provides new specifications for several phthalates (SafeGuardS 89/23)

The revised draft amendment contains two important dates:

  • Date of publication (date of entry into force)
  • January 1, 2026 (date of applicability)

Food contact plastics not complying with this amendment, but which were placed on the market before January 1, 2026, may remain on the market until January 1, 2028.

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