Food Contact Stainless Steel Requirements Updated in Italy

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders to review Italy’s recent amendments to its requirements for food contact stainless steel products.

Decree of the Ministry of Health No. 208 was issued on January 19, 2023, and came into effect on February 3, 2023. It amends Decree of the Minister for Health of March 21, 1973 – ‘Hygiene rules for packaging, containers and utensils intended to come into contact with foodstuffs or personal use products’ – in relation to stainless steels. It also revises Decree of the Minister of Health No. 72 of May 9, 2019.

Stakeholders should be aware of two important changes:

1. Adds stainless steel with numerical designation 1.4062 under UNI EN 10088-1:2014 ‘Stainless Steels Part 1 – List of Stainless Steels’ to the positive list. This type of stainless steel is also designated as UNS S32202
2. Adds one entry specifying the list of added elements that are permitted in food contact stainless steels that are not on the positive list, provided these are exclusively for the manufacture of kitchen and tableware that are intended for repeated short duration use at hot or ambient temperatures (entry n to Part B of amendment)

SGS Food Contact Material Services
SGS’s technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Material Services.

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For further information contact:

Dr. Hingwo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: +852 2774 7420
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