Mercosur Updates Requirements for Food Contact Cellulosic Materials and Articles

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) has amended its technical regulation on food contact cellulosic materials and articles.

Mercosur/GMC/Res. No. 26/22 was issued in November 2022. It revises GMC Resolution No. 40/15 ‘Mercosur Technical Regulation on Cellulosic Materials, Packaging and Equipment Intended to be in Contact with Food’ by establishing a gray scale of five for the migration of pigments and dyes from food contact paper and board.

Previously, under GMC Resolution No. 40/15, the only requirement was that pigments and dyes must not migrate according to testing to BS EN 646 ‘Paper and board intended to come into contact with foodstuffs – Determination of color fastness of dyed paper and board’.

Member states – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – must transpose the revision into national law by May 16, 2023.

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

Alessandra Shimizu
Technical Manager
Tel: (+55) 11 3883-8880/8785

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