The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) has issued the FEFCO Testing methodology for printed corrugated board in food contact. At EU level there is no specific regulation for paper and board.
The general requirements for all food contact materials set out in the Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, and in Regulation (EC) 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, are applied to paper and board, including corrugated board. To close this gap, FEFCO developed a methodology for compliance testing of printed corrugated board used in food applications. The methodology proposes a two-step approach, combining an officially approved simulant for paper and board in food contact and testing with real food as a confirmation. The purpose of the document is to give a usable methodology tool to the corrugated producers and their suppliers when evaluating compliance with the EU legislation.
Eleni Despotou, FEFCO Director General said “FEFCO has developed the testing methodology to support its members and to create a common basis for communication between corrugated manufacturers and suppliers to ensure the safety of packed food products.”