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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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Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands have conducted a joint Nordic project focusing on food contact materials (FCM) in 2013–2015. The FCM area has been prioritized in the Nordic cooperation for many years. The Nordic Working Group for Food Safety (NMF) under the Nordic Council of Ministers funded this joint project. The project has been carried out in synergy with another Nordic project on FCM, funded by the Nordic Working Group for Diet, Food and Toxicology (NKMT) also under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The project funded by NKMT has developed a check list on documentation for FCM, which the current control in the project with a focus on plastic materials, has used.

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