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Turkey Further Aligns Food Contact Plastics Regulation with EU Rules

SafeGuardSHardgoodsMay 17, 2024

SG 79/24

Turkey has amended its food contact plastics regulation. The provisions in the new law will apply from January 1, 2026.

On May 6, 2024, Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Tarım ve Orman Bakanlığı) issued a notification (number 32538) to revise the nation’s Food Codex Regulation on food contact plastics (Communiqué No. 2019/44, number 30989 (repeat)).

The latest revision implements three amendments to Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 on food contact plastics in the European Union (EU) into the nation’s law on food contact plastics. These are:

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 (amendment 15 to Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 – among the changes were provisions in relation to food contact material (FCM) substance no. 236 (1,3-phenylenediamine), FCM no. 398 (antimony trioxide), 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 is 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 FCM substance nos. 96 (wood flour and fibers, untreated) and 121 (salicylic acid), replaces several authorized substances and provides new specifications for several phthalates (SafeGuardS 89/23)
  • Regulation (EU) 2023/1627 (amendment 17) – inclusion of bis(2-ethylhexylcyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylate (DEHCH, SafeGuardS 102/23)

The amendment entered into force on May 6, 2024 – the date of publication. It will apply from January 1, 2026.

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

SGS has the expertise to help manufacturers and suppliers of FCM achieve compliance with markets around the globe. Our technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles for many markets. We offer the full range of FCM testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. Our experience can ensure your products meet the appropriate territorial regulations for food contact materials and help pave the way for compliance. Contact us to know more or visit our website. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.

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