Food contact materials
Food comes into contact with many materials and articles during its production, processing, storage, preparation and serving, before its eventual consumption. Such materials and articles are called food contact materials (FCMs). Examples include containers for transporting food, machinery to process food, packaging materials, kitchenware and tableware. Such materials should be sufficiently inert so that their constituents neither adversely affect consumer health nor influence the quality of the food. To ensure the safety of FCMs, and to facilitate the free movement of goods, a series of legal... requirements and controls are in place in the European Union (EU).
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (European Commission)
- Subject: EC Regulation, food preserving, food safety, food standard, foodstuffs legislation, materials technology, packaging