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Materials and articles in regenerated cellulose film

Materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are regulated at European level by a specific Directive. This Directive lays down a definitive list of authorised substances as well as quantities not to be exceeded in order to protect consumers’ health.

ACT

Commission Directive 2007/42/EC of 29 June 2007 relating to materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

SUMMARY

This Directive is a specific directive provided for by Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 concerning materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Scope

It applies to regenerated cellulose film which constitutes a finished product in itself, or forms part of a finished product containing other materials and which are intended to come into contact or are placed in contact with foodstuffs.

It does not apply to synthetic casings of regenerated cellulose.

Description

Regenerated cellulose film is defined as a thin sheet obtained from a refined cellulose derived from unrecycled wood or cotton. To meet technical requirements, suitable substances may be added either in the mass or on the surface. Regenerated cellulose film may be coated on one or both sides.

The regenerated cellulose films covered by this Directive belong to one of the following categories:

  • uncoated regenerated cellulose film;
  • coated regenerated cellulose film with coating derived from cellulose; or
  • coated regenerated cellulose film with coating consisting of plastics.

Authorised substances and restrictions

The Directive lays down a positive list of substances authorised in the manufacture of regenerated cellulose film with restrictions of use (see Annex II).

Regenerated cellulose films which are uncoated or coated with plastics may be manufactured with substances other than those specified in Annex II if they are employed as colouring matter or as adhesives, provided that there is no trace of migration of the substances into or onto foodstuffs.

Regenerated cellulose films which are coated with plastics shall comply with the provisions laid down by Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 concerning plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

Printed surfaces of regenerated cellulose film shall not come into contact with the foodstuffs.

Marketing and labelling

At the marketing stages other than the retail stages, materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact with foodstuffs shall be accompanied by a written declaration in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. However, materials and articles which, by their nature, are clearly intended to come into contact with foodstuffs are not subject to this obligation.

Where special conditions of use are indicated, the material or article made of regenerated cellulose film shall be labelled accordingly.

Context

This Directive codifies and repeals Commission Directive 93/10/EEC of 15 March 1993 relating to materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact with foodstuffs and its amendments.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Directive 2007/42/EC

20.7.2007

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OJ L 172 of 30.6.2007

Last updated: 12.10.2011

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