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Food Contact

Plastic Materials for Food Contact Use

Covestro is committed to building a strong partnership with customers and distributors by providing safety and technical information to improve product handling and use practices.

Food contact applications are subject to specific regulations in all major regions globally (see examples below). Covestro has developed special grades (”food contact“ grades), which may be used for the manufacture of articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs as outlined in our respective declarations.

The declarations are available upon request. Please contact productsafetyemla@covestro.com for your declaration request or in case you have other questions or wish to receive information about the suitability of other products (grade/color combinations) for food contact use.

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the user of our products, who manufactures materials or articles intended for food contact or brings them into contact with food, to assure their compliance with limits and other provisions set by the applicable regulations.

EU

In the EU, the Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 has been issued for all materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. Herein basic requirements are defined.

The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 (and its amendments) provides specific provisions on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. In its Annex I, it comprises a list of monomers and additives exclusively allowed for the manufacture of plastic materials or articles (Union List). Monomers and additives can have restrictions on the permitted quantity of residuals in the article or on the specific migration into food. 

The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 does not regulate the use of colorants and therefore national provisions apply. For example, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has issued Recommendation IX on colorants for plastics and other polymers used in commodities.

USA

When a product is used for food contact applications in the USA, materials used in making the product must comply with the applicable paragraphs of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) or applicable food contact substance notification (FCN) published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

China

Recently, China has issued a series of national food safety standards to regulate the use of polymers, monomers, additives and colorants for food contact materials and articles. When a product is used for food contact applications in China, materials used in the product must comply with requirement(s) of related standards.

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