Have your say on Food Contact Materials (FCM)

Do you manufacture materials that may transfer chemicals into food?

Did you know that there is a vast array of materials that come into contact with food?

Food comes into contact with many materials and articles during its production, processing, storage, preparation and serving, before its eventual consumption. Such materials and articles are called Food Contact Materials (FCMs).

The main purpose of the EU legislation on food contact materials is to provide a basis for ensuring a high level of protection to human health and the interests of consumers.

Food Contact Materials include all food packaging as well as kitchenware and tableware such as cutlery, cups, plates, bowls and so on.  FCM also covers materials used in professional food manufacturing, preparation, storage and distribution – from chocolate conveyor belts to milk tankers.  

Many different materials may be used to make FCM including plastic, paper, rubber, metal and glass but also adhesives, printing inks and coatings used in the finishing of the final articles, as well as composite materials.

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