Food Contact Regulations Updated in Italy

Italy has revised its food contact regulations via two decrees, issued in February and May 2019. The changes affect food contact plastic resins and stainless steels.
( | Press Release | 2019-10-08 11:31:24 )
The Italian Ministry of Health has issued two amendments in 2019 that update the country’s food contact regulations – Decree of the Minister for Health of March 21, 1973 on ‘Hygiene rules for packaging, containers and utensils intended to come into contact with foodstuffs or personal use products (Ministerial Decree 3.21.1973). The two amendments relate to food contact plastic resins and stainless steels.

Decree No. 30 of February 7, 2019 – adds N, N, N', N'-tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) adipamide to the list of substances accepted for use in the preparation of articles intended to come into contact with food. The decree has amended Annex II Section 1: Plastics, Part A – Resins, and came into effect on April 24, 2019.

Decree No. 72 of May 9, 2019 – expands the list of authorized food contact stainless steels, from 42 to 50, and updates the list of permitted unintentionally added elements. The decree amends Section 6 to Annex II and it came into effect on August 16, 2019.

The last time the regulations on food contact stainless steels were revised was in November 2013, by Decree No. 140 of November 11, 2013.

To learn more about the new types of stainless steel that are approved for use as food contact materials in Italy and see the permitted maximum concentration limits for unintentionally added elements in stainless steel that does not have a European or International standard designation, view SGS SafeGuard 134/19.

SGS Food Contact Material Services
SGS’s technical experts are highly experienced in the testing of materials and articles that will come into contact with food. Utilizing SGS’s global network of testing laboratories, they will ensure products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. They offer the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Material Services. []

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Italy Amends Food Contact Regulation SafeGuardS. []

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