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The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Special provisions relating to the fat reduction factor

39.—(1) Correction by the FRF may not be used —

(a)where the plastic material or article is in contact or is intended to be brought into contact with foods intended for infants and young children;

(b)for substances listed in the Annexes having a restriction in column (4) of SML = ND;

(c)for substances not listed in the Annexes and used behind a plastic functional barrier with a migration limit of 0.01 mg/kg;

(d)except in the circumstances specified in sub-paragraph (2), for plastic materials or articles —

(i)for which it is impracticable to estimate the relationship between the surface area and the quantity of food in contact with it, due to shape, use or other factors, and

(ii)where the migration is calculated using the conventional surface area/volume conversion factor of 6 dm2/kg.

(2) For containers and other fillable articles with a capacity of less than 500 millilitres or more than 10 litres and for sheets and films in contact with foods containing more than 20% fat —

(a)the migration may be calculated as concentration (expressed as mg/kg) in the food or food simulant and corrected by the FRF; or

(b)the migration may be re-calculated as mg/dm2 without applying the FRF,

and provided the value resulting from the calculation under either sub-paragraph (a) or (b) is below the SML the plastic material or article shall be considered to be in compliance.

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