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EC Updates Approved Plastic FCMs List

March 16, 2015

The European Commission has released a new regulation, amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Added substances include:

  • Butadiene, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and styrene, copolymer crosslinked with divinylbenzene, in nanoform
  • Butadiene, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and styrene copolymer not crosslinked, in nanoform
  • Butadiene, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and styrene copolymer crosslinked with 1,3butanediol dimethacrylate, in nanoform
  • 2H-perfluoro-[(5,8,11,14-tetramethyl)-tetraethyleneglycol ethyl propyl ether];
  • Ethylenevinyl acetate copolymer wax
  • Polyglycerol

Changes include:

Chemical Amendment
Tartaric acid Inclusion of its natural occurring form only
Phenol Addition of specific migration limit of 3 mg/kg
1,4-butanediol formal Addition of specific migration limit of 0.05 mg/kg
1,4:3,6-dianhydrosorbitol Addition of its use as a co-monomer for the production of polyesters
Kaolin Inclusion of particles in the nanoform of less than 100 nm and incorporated up to 12% in ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer
Charcoal, activated Addition of the name of activated carbon as applying to the same substance
1,3,5-tris(2,2-dimethylpropanamido)benzene Increase in migration limit to 5 mg/kg food
Polyethyleneglycol (EO = 1-50) ethers of linear and branched primary (C8-C22) alcohols Addition of maximum ethylene oxide content
The group of substances ‘acids, fatty (C8-C22), esters with pentaerythritol Removal of associated CAS number
2,2,4,4-tetramethylcyclobutane-1,3-diol Extension of use to single use applications

 

The document also states that entry concerning FCM substance No 725 has been removed.

The changes entered into force February 26, 2015. Products that have been considered compliant now will still be allowed to be placed on the market until February 26, 2016, or until supplies last.

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