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Efsa requests feedback on food contact material reforms

The European Food Safety Agency (Efsa) has opened a three-month public consultation on a scientific opinion it is looking to submit to the European Commission.

The document summarises recent developments in technology that Efsa believes should inform the commission when it revises its guidelines on the safety assessment of substances used in food contact materials, in line with Regulation 1935/2004.

A draft of the recommendations authored by Efsa’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) has already been circulated. Among the topics it has identified are:

  • Revising the consumer exposure scenarios

  • Updating the ‘related tiers and toxicological data needed for[a] safety evaluation’

  • Giving a greater emphasis to finished articles and materials when conducting migration studies

  • Applying the same toxicological assessment process for intentionally added substances to non-intentionally added substances (NIASs) in food contact materials during the petitioning of new substances to Efsa.

The consultation will close on 7 October 2015.

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