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Nordic project food contact materials

Control of declarations of compliance (DoC)

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Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have in 2013–2015 conducted a Nordic project on food contact materials. Food contact materials are used in all stages of food production and can be a general source of contamination. The food safety authorities in most of the Nordic countries have had a limited focus on the FCM area with the exception of Denmark and Finland. The aim of the project was therefore to control establishments producing, importing or using plastic food contact materials as well as to increase the knowledge of the inspectors performing these controls. The focus of the inspections was to control the declaration of compliance (DoC) for plastic food contact materials. The requirement for a Doc is mandatory in order to ensure that the FCM complies with the legislation. In addition some products were analyzed for phthalates.

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Background and implementation

Food contact materials (FCM) are used in all stages of food production and can be a general source of contamination of food. FCM has been prioritized in the Nordic cooperation for many years in order to improve knowledge, information/guidance, in-house documentation and control. However both EU’s Food and Veterinary Office and ESA, EFTA’s Surveillance Authority, have made their remarks to some of the food authorities in the Nordic countries to enhance the control with FCM.

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