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Food and Feed Safety (13-12-2005)

Commission statement on EFSA Opinion on ITX

The European Commission has noted EFSA’s advice of 9 December 2005 that the presence of ITX (2-Isopropylthioxanthone) in food, whilst undesirable, does not raise health concerns at the levels reported. ITX is a substance which has been found in minute quantities in liquid baby milk and other products packaged in cartons. EFSA’s advice supports the position taken by the Commission and MemberStates in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) on 30 November 2005 that no urgent measure was necessary with regard to ITX in baby milk and other products.
 
Tetra Pak has committed to phasing out the use of this substance in packaging for milk, fatty liquids and juices by end of January 2006. To avoid similar contamination incidents, the Commission will propose a measure detailing the requirements for good manufacturing practice which the packaging industry should apply. This measure will be proposed to the Member States as an implementing measure of the regulation on food contact materials (see IP/03/1554).
 
For the EFSA press release on ITX, see: http://www.efsa.eu.int/press_room/press_release/1258_en.html