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Food Contact Materials - Individual Substances

Three groups of substances are regulated individually in specific directives, i.e. vinyl chloride monomer in plastics, nitrosamines in rubber teats and soothers and BADGE, BFDGE and NOGE in plastics and coatings.

Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) ...
in food contact materials and articles is regulated by Council Directive 78/142/EEC. To ensure a safe product, the residual content of VCM in the finished material or article is limited to 1mg/kg. Furthermore, VCM should not be detectable in foodstuffs. Commission Directives 80/766/EEC and 81/432/EEC give methods of analysis for VCM in the finished product and in foodstuffs.

Nitrosamines ...
in rubber teats and soothers are regulated by Commission Directive 93/11/EEC, which establishes specific migration limits for these substances and their derivatives.

in plastics, coatings and adhesives BADGE, BFDGE & NOGE are regulated by Commission Regulation (EC) 1895/2005. For BADGE and its partially hydrolyzed products, specific migration limit have been set at 9 mg/kg. For the chlorohydrins of BADGE the limit has been set at 1 mg/kg. Moreover, the Regulation prohibits the use BFDGE and NOGE as from 1st January 2005.

See also related Legislative List for this topic.