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Materials and articles containing vinyl chloride monomer

This Directive limits the presence and migration of vinyl chloride monomer in and from materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

ACT

Council Directive 78/142/EEC of 30 January 1978 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to materials and articles which contain vinyl chloride monomer and are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

SUMMARY

Materials and articles which are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs may not transfer certain constituents to these materials and articles in quantities liable to endanger human health.

In order to guarantee that these foodstuffs contain no trace of vinyl chloride monomer detectable by a method by a general Community method of analysis, materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs must comply with this Directive. Thus materials and articles:

  • must not contain vinyl chloride monomer in quantities above one milligram per kilogram in the final product; and
  • must not transfer vinyl chloride monomer to foodstuffs in quantities above 0.01 mg/kg in the final product.

REFERENCES

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Directive 78/142/EEC

1.2.1978

26.11.1979

OJ L 44 of 15.2.1978

RELATED ACTS

Commission Directive 80/766/EEC of 8 July 1980 laying down the Community method of analysis for the official control of the vinyl chloride monomer level in materials and articles which are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs [Official Journal L 213 of 16.8.1980].
This Directive lays down the Community method of analysis for the determination of the vinyl chloride monomer level in materials and articles which are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. This method meets the criteria laid down in the annex to Directive 78/142/EEC.

Commission Directive 81/432/EEC of 29 April 1981 laying down the Community method of analysis for the official control of vinyl chloride released by materials and articles into foodstuffs [Official Journal L 167 of 24.6.1981].
This Directive lays down the Community method of analysis for determining the quantity of vinyl chloride released by materials and articles into foodstuffs.

Last updated: 17.11.2009
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