Proposal for regulation on active and intelligent food contact materials (Scotland)
Tuesday 29 July 2008
Informal discussions are taking place with interested parties at European Union (EU) level on a working document from the European Commission (EC) that could go on to form the basis of harmonised EU rules governing materials and articles in contact with food.
All comments and views should be sent to:
St Magnus House,
25 Guild Street,
Aberdeen, AB11 6NJ
Tel: 01224 285170
Responses are requested by: 17 October 2008
This consultation describes the current state of play on the issue, the likely timetable as can be best judged at the moment and seeks your views on the idea being put forward. An earlier version of the working document was the subject of an informal consultation in August 2006; since then, it has been the subject of further discussion. The EC is now conducting its own consultation amongst Member States of the EU and other interested organisations on the latest version. That consultation will end in September 2008.
Draft Working Document on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food – EMB/1127rev3
The general principles of all food contact materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are established in Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. It includes ‘active’ and ‘intelligent’ materials and articles, which are defined as:
- ‘Active food contact materials and articles’ means materials and articles that are intended to extend the shelf-life or to maintain or improve the condition of packaged food. They are designed to deliberately incorporate components that would release or absorb substances into or from the packaged food or the environment surrounding the food.
- ‘Intelligent food contact material and articles’ means materials and articles which monitor the conditions of packaged food or the environment surrounding the food.
- The provisions also include general safety, changes to the composition and properties of the food; release of substances into the food, labelling of released substances in accordance with rules on food labelling, labelling of non-edible parts and labelling to identify that the materials is active or intelligent.
- Consumers must not be misled through changes in food or information given about the condition of food.
- Information for consumers and food packers on how to use active and intelligent materials and articles safely and appropriately in compliance with food law.
The full requirements contained in the working document are discussed in the document at the link below.
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