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Bio-Based Materials Used in Food Contact Applications


<p>A literature review was prepared describing the results of scientific studies previously carried out on these materials as well as establishing current usage and market share. In addition, analytical work was undertaken to identify possible migrants and assess migration potentials of individual substances and the overall migrate. Data generated from the specific migration of selected substances into foods and food simulants were compared. The applicability of the overall migration test methods for biobased materials was also assessed.</p>

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<p>Background: The use of biodegradable packaging and consideration of chemicals that could migrate into food was studied in an Agency-commissioned project (A03040), published in 2004. In recent years developing interest in sustainability has led to a major increase in the use of bio based materials in food contact applications. As development in this area continues it is still necessary for all materials being used to have been manufactured in such a way that they comply with the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 for materials and articles in contact with food, that is, that they should not transfer their constituents to food in quantities that could endanger health, bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food or bring about a deterioration in the organoleptic properties of the food. </p>

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