Adhesives in Food Contact Articles 

Posted on 3/2/2012 6:37:31 PM By  Dr. Hermann Onusseit 

Food contact articles and facilities, like cutlery, dishes, processing machines, containers and above all packaging are subject to special demands. This applies to both the processing of food and to its transport and warehousing. The term also includes materials and articles that are in contact with water intended for human consumption, but it does not cover fixed public or private water supply equipment. These articles are requested to not influence the food they contact, neither toxicologically ie, they should not cause a health threat for the end user, nor may they change the composition of the food or its properties like smell, taste and appearance. Therefore food contact articles shall not transfer their components into the foodstuff in unacceptable quantities. The first comprehensive regulatory activity for food contact materials and articles began in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the United States as well as in some European countries. Today, the regulation of food contact articles and especially packaging has become a global subject as the world's commercial channels have broadened in the last decades. 

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