Paper and board is commonly used for food packaging and the industry takes the matter of food contact very seriously. On behalf of the UK paper and board industry, CPI works closely with the Food Standards Agency and with CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries).
The Industry Guideline for the compliance of paper and board materials and articles for food contact has undergone a first revision, specific aspects covered in this first revision are:
Paper manufacturing companies, representing around 50% of the European production of packaging grades, and 20 major converting companies covering a large share of the European paper-based packaging production implemented the Industry Guideline during 2010, the first year of its publication. Many other papermakers and converters are in the process of adopting it in their operations.
- the publication of the new CEPI Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
- the coming into force of Commission Regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, (EC) No 10/2011)
- the update of German Recommendation on paper and board for food contact (BfR Rec. XXXVI) ,and
- the concerns over the presence of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food
Other work in progress in this area includes the development of a Good Manufacturing Practice to bring industry into line with EU Regulation 2023/2006, R&D on migration modelling and correction factors (examining real-case consumer exposure to substances in packaging) and the further development of biological tests that improve the safety assessment of paper packaging used for food contact.