Food Contact (EU / FDA)

Food contact materials are all materials and items intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, including packaging materials but also cutlery, dishes, processing machines, containers etc. The term also includes materials and items that come into contact with water intended for human consumption, but it does not include fixed public or private water supply equipment.

Chemical products intended to end up in applications that come into contact with food must comply with certain regulations to ensure that the final products are safe and do not release substances in quantities which could endanger human health or change the composition and/or properties of the food. In the United States, the regulations are specified in Title 21 CFR FDA, whereas in Europe there is a complex mixture of harmonized and national legislation. The overall goal of such requirements is regulated by the EU Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004.