Safe & Circular: boosting recycling rates and ensuring food safety

A tighter convergence of objectives and a stronger legal coherence between the safety of Food Contact Materials and the principles of the Circular Economy were debated at a lunch held last week in the European Parliament and co-hosted by MEPs Birgit Collin-Langen (EPP, DE) and Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DK). The increase of waste recycling in the future EU Circular Economy must also ensure increased safety of food contact materials.

Food contact materials and articles are today covered by the EU Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 which establishes general safety requirements and identifies 17 groups of materials and articles that may be subject to harmonised measures. In the absence of the specific rules for nonharmonised groups of materials and articles the possibility remains for Member States to adopt national provisions. Thus, diverse national interpretation results in additional market obstacles, loss of competitiveness, and difficult access to the market for business operators.

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