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Belgium intensifies the management of varnishes and coatings in contact with foodstuffs

Belgium Will Lauch New Law for Contact Packing Material On Foodstuffs Industry

The new legislative enactment lasted two years, with the goal of ensuring a high level of consumer safety.


Belgium has issued a new Royal Decree designed to strengthen the management of the safety of varnishes and paints in contact with foodstuffs and will take effect on 1st,Jan, 2017. The new law regulates the migration of food-contact varnishes (except metal surfaces) which can not exceed 10 mg / dm2 on food surface. If the migration of a specific surface can not be determined, the gereral limit is 60 mg / kg. The new law also specifies standards and analytical methods for the production of varnishes and coatings for food contact materials

The European Commission’s Environmental Committee recently criticized the lack of harmonized legislation on food contact materials (FCM), which states that the EU has so far taken specific measures for four FCMs: plastics (including recycled plastics) ,ceramics, regenerated fibers, reactive and intelligent materials. Although some EU Member States have legislated on other FCMs, but not covered the texts associated with food contact varnishes.

The new Belgian legislation mainly refers to the EU regulations on plastic materials and articles which specify the composition of the plastic FCM and also lists other permitted varnishes and coatings for food contact: throughed the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); migration in food does not reach detectable levels; is not carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, is not a nano-form material.

Reference to the EU FCM requirements, the new legislation requires that coatings and varnishes on the market must be accompanied by a statement of compliance including theoretical data or theoretical calculations of specific migration levels.

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