EU Launches Enforcement Plan for Illegal Food Contact Materials Containing Bamboo Powder

a ban by several European Union (EU) Member States on food contact
bamboo-melamine plastics, the European Commission has published the “EU
enforcement action on food contact materials (FCM) made of bamboo ‘powder’.”

of FCM made with bamboo powder have been required to submit an authorization
dossier according to Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, the Food Contact Framework
Regulation. The recent announcement stresses that food contact plastics can
only be manufactured or imported into the EU if they have been produced using
thoroughly assessed substances, such as additives, monomers and polymers, that
are in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EU) 10/2011 (Union list, Annex
I). FCM containing bamboo and other plant-based additives are not on this list
and are therefore not authorized as legal.

this, authorities are aware that several such products are still being made
available. Between 2019 and March 2021, most RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food
and Feed) notifications for FCM containing bamboo fibers related to the
unauthorized use of bamboo additives as a filler. Alongside this, many products
are mislabelled as being made of 100% bamboo.

respond to this, stakeholders, including the EC, Member States and the EU Food
Fraud Network, agreed to launch an enforcement action plan in May 2021. The aim
of this is to:

  • Ensure
    non-compliant products are rejected at borders
  • Incorrectly
    declared plastic product tax duties are recovered
  • Businesses
    are reminded about the illegality of these products, including support via
  • Consumers
    are made aware of health and other issues

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EC has stated it will assist EU Member States in ensuring these products are no
longer placed on the EU market.

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Dr. Udo Krischke
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