EPDA Backs New EU Plastic Legislation
Plastics come into contact with food throughout the supply chain from conveyor belting and mixing vessels to bagging. To alleviate any public health concerns, the EU has issued Directive EU 10/2011 with which the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) is asking its members to comply.
The new, all-encompassing legislation, which is binding in all member states, applies to food contact materials and articles and parts thereof consisting exclusively of plastics. This includes printed or coated plastic multi-layer materials and articles held together by adhesives, plastic layers or plastic coatings forming gaskets in caps and closures and plastic layers in multi-material multi-layer materials and articles. This latest regulatory development to protect consumers from potential plastics’ contamination, has been welcomed by EPDA, whose members are involved in everything from plastic packaging to food contact components. Many members of EPDA have already been working to these higher exacting standards prior to the new legislation becoming legally enforceable.
The avoidance of production line stoppages and huge product recall costs, combined with protecting consumers’ health, is at the center of plastics producers’ agenda. EPDA members are united in helping food processors to avoid all contamination by plastics of food products. Quadrant, Tielt, Belgium, for example, has made substantial investments to ensure its “Food Grade” products have their own portfolio and are supplied with the ‘Declaration of Compliance’ according to the EU 10/2011 Directive. The company believes that the introduction of Regulation EU 10/2011 is a major step in the right direction. It, together with raw material manufacturers, additive suppliers and food manufacturers, is constantly developing new materials to make food production even safer in the future.
Ensinger, Nufringen, Germany, meanwhile, has tested all of its products, regardless of end user, to match the standards laid down in the legislation. Austrian member, Zell-Metall, Kaprun, which supplies engineered plastic stock shapes destined for the food industry, declared that even though its products were already classed as food grade materials before the Directive, it is now fully certified and compliant.
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