The EU Regulation 1935/2004 on food contact materials and articles and the Regulation 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice (GMP) are the major European laws applicable to corrugated packaging used in food applications. There is no harmonised legislation on paper in board at EU level. However, many countries have their own national legislation, which often differs. This makes it very difficult for companies producing and selling corrugated paper packaging across Europe.
FEFCO in cooperation with the paper & board supply chain developed guidance documents to support its members in the implementation of the food contact legislation.
- Industry Guideline for the Compliance of Paper & Board Materials and Articles for Food Contact (2012)
In the recent years, mineral oils have been intensively discussed. Mineral oils are ubiquitous and can find its way into food via many different sources, e.g. food additives, raw materials processing, waxes and paraffin, machine oils and lubricant, packaging materials, etc. Mineral Oils became associated with the use of recycled fibre for production of paper packaging used in food contact, among many other sources of contamination.
The Corrugated industry as part of the supply chain puts many efforts into ensuring the safety of its products.