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21 August 2017

BRC Global Standards publishes food packaging materials guidance

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BRC Global Standards has today published the first edition of a Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food. This guidance was developed with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Campden BRI. It aims to provide organisations involved in the delivery of food to consumers with a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice with regard to the potential migration of substances from packaging materials into food.

The guidance is comprehensive in its approach, outlining what migration is, how it occurs and how it can be minimised through new product or existing product development. It proffers a best- practice approach to reducing the risk of migration of substances into food products of all types. The guidance also includes an outline of the European Union (EU) and US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) legislative requirements relating to migration.

It will be of value to organisations in the supply chain including retailers, brand owners, agents or brokers, food processors, packaging manufacturers, and companies providing storage and distribution services.

Joanna Griffiths, Packaging Technical Manager at BRC Global Standards said:

"The launch of the publication is itself a great example of partners from across the supply chain working constructively with one another. By identifying best practice in each industry together we can ensure the production of safe high-quality packaged food."

Kerina Cheesman, Head of Food Integrity and Policy at the Food and Drink Federation said:

“FDF is pleased to have worked with BRC Global Standards and Campden BRI to produce this valuable resource which will assist companies in managing compliance with food contact materials legislation. The Guidance explains the factors affecting migration and sets out a practical approach to designing in compliance through the supply chain.”

The guidance will be made available to Campden BRI, and FDF members, and is available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.

More Information

Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food, is available to FDF Members only, please get in touch with marion.may@fdf.org.uk.

Also available for purchase from the BRC wookshop

Contact Marion May, Regulation, Science & Sustainability Division, at: marion.may@fdf.org.uk, or 020 7420 7174.

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