FOOD PACKAGING
EU making a move to approve recycling processes for food-contact materials
Ten years have passed since the European Commission (EC) published regulation No 282/2008 on the use of recycled plastic materials in food-contact applications. Now, the EC is planning "fast-track" approval for more than 100 recycling processes positively evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, Parma / Italy; www.efsa.europa.eu), with approval and adoption as early as 2019.

In 2017, several organisations including Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE, Brussels / Belgium; www.plasticsrecyclers.eu), European Plastics Converters (EuPC, Brussels; www.plasticsconverters.eu), Petcore Europe (Brussels; https://www.petcore-europe.org/) and the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW, Brussels; www.efbw.org) criticised the failure of the EC to authorise the use of recycled plastics in food applications see Plasteurope.com of 20.10.2017 and 12.12.2017. The lack of EU approval has resulted in many years of legal uncertainty for European companies that are invested in recyclate for food-contact applications.

For instance, a number of food and beverage companies have joined the "UK Plastics Pact", which includes goals to increase recyclate in packaging and effectively recycle more plastic packaging see Plasteurope.com of 04.05.2018. Recently, French packaging company Guillin (Ornans; www.groupeguillin.fr) and recycling group Paprec (Paris; www.paprec.com) announced a partnership to increase the amount of recycled plastics in Guillin's thermoformed PET and PP trays for food see Plasteurope.com of 05.10.2018.
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