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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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Results and discussion

One of the most important effects of the project was to improve and harmonize the interpretation of compliance in the Nordic countries regarding DoC and supporting documentation. There is a variation in the Nordic countries regarding the experience of the inspectors’ in controlling FCM. In Denmark and Finland the authorities have prioritised this for some years, whereas in the other countries most of the inspectors involved in this project have less experience. These different levels of experience could have resulted in differences in their observations, and this should be kept in mind when evaluating the results.

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