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EC Notifies WTO its Intention to Revise Plastic FCM Regulation

June 16, 2015

The European Commission (EC) has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of its intent to revise EU Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 for plastic materials and articles that come in contact with food.

Revisions include:

  • The addition of substances to the list of approved substances, under Annex I, since they have been found to be safe for use by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA):
    • dodecanoic acid, 12-amino-, polymer with ethene, 2,5-furandione, α-hydro-ω-hydroxypoly (oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) and 1-propene (FCM 871
    • furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FCM 1031
    • 1,7-octadiene (FCM 1034
    • perfluoro{acetic acid, 2-[(5-methoxy-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)oxy]}, ammonium salt (FCM 1045
    • ethylene glycol dipalmitate (FCM 1048
    • n,n'-bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl) Isophthalamide (FCM 1051
    • 2,4,8,10-tetraoxaspiro[5.5] undecane-3,9-diethanol,β3,β3,β9,β9-tetramethyl- ('SPG') (FCM 1052
    • fatty acids, C16–18 saturated, esters with dipentaerythritol (FCM 1053
  • Proposal of new migration limits for oligomers related to three substances and requirement that methods to detect these oligomers are publicly available before the substances can be used
  • Further clarification on the scope of the Regulation with regard to rubber food contact materials
  • New migration limits for aluminum, nickel and zinc

Proposed date of adoption is December, 2015.

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