Title EU regulation of FCMs 'outdated and full of holes'
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Date 2018-05-17 PM 3:06:43 Hit 111
The EU's regulation of food contact materials is "outdated, ineffective and full of holes", a Chemical Watch Food Contact Regulations Europe summit has heard.
Speaking at last week’s event in Brussels, Michael Warhurst, executive director of NGO CHEM Trust, said: "it’s not a pretty picture. The public would be very surprised at the lack of effective food contact material regulations.
"They expect protection. The fact that it's not under control is a potential scandal, even if it's not visible at the moment."
The overarching piece of FCM legislation is the 2004 EU Framework Regulation. This works in tandem with the good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food Regulation (GMP) from 2006.
Both harmonised and non-harmonised materials sit under the framework's umbrella. Harmonised materials, which include, for example, plastics, ceramics and regenerated cellulose, are subject to EU-wide rules. Non-harmonised materials, which include adhesives, printing inks and paper, have no specific European legislation covering them, and are subject to member states' national provisions.
According to Dr Warhurst the regulatory approach in this area has not been systematically assessed since it was introduced in 1976. There has also been no formal evaluation work or reports done on the 2004 framework.
"The world is moving on," he said, "and Europe is rather a long way behind".
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