UK to stick with EU Food Contact Materials legislation



The UK trade group Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) has lobbied the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) to transfer EU Food Contact Materials (FCM) regulations into UK law in order to maintain the same level of protection for British consumers and to ensure regulatory consistency because many FPA members sell their products in the EU. The EU FCM framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 and the few regulations on specific types of FCMs, such as plastics and ceramics, “will become part of UK law via the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will transpose directly applicable pieces of EU legislation,” Lovell explained. However, most types of FCMs, such as printing inks, paper and board, varnishes and coatings, are not harmonized across the EU.

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