This document has been initially developed as guidance for a future paper & board regulation based on the belief, within the industry that produces paper and board materials and articles for food contact, that there is a need for EU legislation which specifically covers its products. The continued absence of such legislation is having a progressive, negative impact on the business. The industry has concluded that the best method of achieving this aim would be for the European Commission to develop a specific measure for paper and board as envisaged within Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, hereafter referred to as the Framework Regulation.
This document is aimed at all those with an interest in ensuring the safety of paper and board intended for food contact, because:
- manufacturers and suppliers along the paper and board supply chain require a harmonised approach, explanations of the legislative requirements of the Framework Regulation and the various ways in which compliance with it can be achieved in order to support the demand of the market and customers for product safety;
- national authorities require background material against which to base their inspection regimes and their interpretation of the necessary legal requirements covering manufacturing, documentation, quality management, etc.;
- business operators in the food supply chain need guidance on the special properties of paper and board intended for food contact so that relevant products, appropriate to final use, can be chosen;
- consumers need assurance that appropriate food contact safety rules are in place and adherence to them is a transparent process that can be independently assessed.Whilst this Guideline provides a methodology for the demonstration of the suitability of materials and articles for a variety of food contact applications, in itself it has no legal force. Its use is voluntary and it should be noted that other compliance mechanisms exist which may be used separately or in conjunction with it.
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