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Food and Feed Safety (13-02-2009)

The standing committee has given a favourable opinion on the Commission proposal on active and intelligent packaging

The standing committee on the food chain and animal health has expressed yesterday afternoon a favourable opinion on a proposal from the Commission services setting out specific rules for active and intelligent materials.

The proposed Regulation will introduce an authorisation scheme for substances used for active and intelligent functions in food contact materials, in particular food packaging. It will require the safety evaluation of such substances by the European Food Safety Authority.

Active food contact materials and articles are intended to extend the shelf-life or to maintain or improve the condition of packaged food. They incorporate components that would release substances into or absorb substances from food. Examples are oxygen absorbers or releasers of preservative or flavourings.

Intelligent food contact materials and articles monitor the condition of packaged food or the environment surrounding the food. Examples are indicators for storage temperature or microbial contamination.

The proposed Regulation will introduce specific labelling rules and will require the business operator to issue a declaration of compliance so that an adequate information flow is ensured throughout the business chain.