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European Union Calls for Further Regulation of Food Contact Materials

June 17, 2016

A study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has concluded that the legal framework regulating food contact materials (FCMs) at EU level is incomplete and that specific measures should be taken to harmonize priority materials.

The study, conducted by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), recommended paper and board as the number-one FCM candidate to be regulated under EU law. This was followed by printing inks; silicones and coatings; and rubbers.

It also recommended that specific measures that will establish a single standard for analytical testing methods, to ensure the relevant FCM is tested with the same method across the EU.