Germany Circulates Proposal to Restrict MOAH in Food Contact Recycled Paper and Board

On March 22, 2021, the World Trade
Organization (WTO) circulated a draft regulation signaling Germany’s intention
to regulate
mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) in food contact materials
and articles made from recycled paper and board.

The draft regulation includes:

  • New definitions for waste paper pulp, functional barriers and MOAH. MOAH means alkylated
    aromatic hydrocarbons with carbon numbers C16-C35 and
    containing one or more rings (except diisopropylnaphthalenes)
  • Allowances
    for food contact paper, paperboard or cardboard materials and articles to be
    made with recycled paper provided a functional barrier ensures that any MOAH
    migration is within defined limits:

    1. MOAH in food (sum): no more than 0.5 mg/kg
    2. MOAH in food simulant (sum): no more than 0.15 mg/kg
  • Provision
    to allow two-year sales period for products that were compliant before the

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should be aware the new requirements will come into effect three-years after
publication of the ordinance.

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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.
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