CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries and CITPA, the Confederation of Paper and Board Converters in Europe, have modified their Industry guideline for the compliance of paper and board materials and articles for food contact.
The purpose of the Industry guideline is, owing to lack of a specific measure for paper and board, to enable manufacturers of paper and board materials and articles intended for food contact to demonstrate compliance with the Framework Regulation, (EC) No 1935/2004, according to packagingeurope.com.
The guideline is offered only as a direction, which is voluntary, for operators in the industry, without any intention to replace existing national legislation.
Paper manufacturing companies, which represent around half of the European production of packaging grades, and 20 major converting companies covering a major chunk of the European paper-based packaging production implemented the Industry guideline during 2010.
Many other papermakers and converters are in the process of adopting it in their operations.
The specific aspects covered in this revision are the publication of the new CEPI Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Commission Regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, update of German Recommendation on paper and board for food contact and concerns over the presence of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food.