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Swiss authorities find incomplete Food Grade Declarations and documents: Plastic Manufacturers provides insufficient data.

ANOTHER CASE OF MISSING DOCUMENTATION ABOUT FCM

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Every company involved in the manufacture of food contact materials must verify (and documented in writing) whether the introduced through their work processes substances are harmful to health.


On September 30, 2014 the Official Food Safety Authority of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland (KLHZ) published a release reporting that certain polymer manufacturers may not comply with their obligation to provide safety information about food contact compliance for their products.

The KLZH requested Documents of Compliance (DoC) from 9 large, international companies on one polymer product each.

None of the companies to which requests were sent presented the required evidence of conformity.

While 2 manufacturers did not reply to the request at all, 5 others provided a declaration that the materials were suitable for use in food contact but no evidence supporting this claim.

The 2 final manufacturers provided additional but incomplete information. None of the manufacturers sent a list of potential migrants.
In their report, the KLZH thus concluded that the manufacturers did not comply with their obligations under Swiss law.

Food Grade Declarations are fundamental documents and also required under the European plastics regulation EC 10/2011.

The KLZH questions whether processing companies can ensure the safety of their products when suppliers do not provide them with detailed safety information.

Without this information companies may not be able to sufficiently safeguard against substances migrating out of food contact materials. The KLZH states in its report that the international companies failed to display cooperation towards the Swiss enforcement authorities See the results of the report.