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The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1998

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7.—(1) No plastic material or article shall be capable of transferring its constituents to food with which it may come into contact in quantities exceeding the appropriate limit.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation a plastic material or article shall not be considered capable of transferring its constituents to food with which it may come into contact, in quantities exceeding the appropriate limit, if the only food which that plastic material or article may come into contact with is food to which paragraph (3) below applies.

(3) This paragraph applies to food which is specified in the Table to Part IV of Schedule 4 where there is no “X” placed anywhere in the group of columns headed “Simulants to be used” opposite that food.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation the appropriate limit is—

(a)an overall migration limit of 60 milligrams of constituents released per kilogram of food in the case of any plastic material or article comprising—

(i)an article which is a container or is comparable to a container or which can be filled, with a capacity of not less than 500 millilitres and not more than 10 litres;

(ii)an article which can be filled and for which it is impracticable to estimate the surface area in contact with food;

(iii)a cap, gasket, stopper or similar device for sealing, and

(b)in the case of any other plastic material or article, an overall migration limit of 10 milligrams per square decimetre of the surface area of the plastic material or article.

(5) In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations an element of which is that a plastic material or article does not comply with this regulation the defences in paragraph 6(2) and 7(2) of Schedule 3 shall be available as specified therein.

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