Changes to Food Contact Stainless Steel Legislation Proposed in Italy

has signalled its intention to adopt a draft piece of legislation that will, if
accepted, amend Decree of the Minister of Health of March 21, 1973, in relation
to food contact stainless steels.

latest proposal to change the decree – ‘Hygiene rules for packaging, containers
and utensils intended to come into contact with foodstuffs or personal use
products, limited to stainless steels’ – includes provisions that would:

  • Add
    one more type of stainless steel to the positive list – UNI EN 10088-1:2014
    Numerical designation 1.4062, also known as AISI/ASTM A240 or UNS 32202
  • Add
    one specification for the concentration of certain elements in food contact
    stainless steels without codes or designations – Type n: short-term repeated
    use for kitchen and table cutting items at room or hot temperatures

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announced its intention in Notification 2021/0513/I from the European
Commission (EC), published in July 2021. According to this, the three-month
standstill period for the EC and Member States will end on October 29, 2021.

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