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MATERIALS INTENDED TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH FOOD


Materials and products intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are all materials and products which
- are in contact with foodstuffs,
- are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs,
- can be reasonably expected to come into contact with foodstuffs.
They come into contact with foodstuffs in the form of packaging material, kitchenware, tableware, seals and, more recently, as active and intelligent materials intended to extend shelf life or improve the condition of packaged foodstuffs. They are made from various materials, such as metals, alloys, ceramics, cork, glass, paper, textiles, wood and wax, and recently, widely used plastic materials, regenerated cellulose, varnish and coatings.
Materials intended to come into contact with foodstuffs also include sillicones, ion-exchange resins and printer’s ink.

At the EU level, the field of materials and products intended to come into contact with foodstuffs is regulated by the master regulations – Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

In Slovenia, the field of materials and products intended to come into contact with foodstuffs is regulated by the Act Regulating the Sanitary Suitability of Foodstuff, Products and Materials Coming into Contact with Foodstuffs (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nos 52/00, 42/02 and 47/04. In addition to the aforementioned Act, the Decree on obligatory registration and treatment of companies, who produce, process and first place materials and articles intended to come into contact with food into traffic also applies (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No 57/08).
The purpose of all the regulations is to provide a high level of human health and protection of consumer interests and to ensure the effective functioning of the internal EU market for materials and products coming into contact with foodstufs.

Information relevant to the field from the EU perspective:
http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/foodcontact/index_en.htm