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2005 No. 1649 (W.130)

FOOD, WALES

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2005

Made

21 June 2005

Coming into force

24 June 2005

The National Assembly for Wales, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 16(2), 17(1), 26(1)(a) and (3) and 48(1) of the Food Safety Act 1990(1) and now vested in it(2), having had regard, in accordance with section 48(4A) of that Act, to relevant advice given by the Food Standards Agency, and after consultation as required by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(3), makes the following Regulations:

Title, application and commencement

1.  The title of these Regulations is the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2005 which apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 24 June 2005.

Amendments to the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1998

2.  The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1998(4) are amended, in so far as they apply in relation to Wales, in accordance with regulations 3 to 16 of these Regulations.

3.  In regulation 2 (interpretation) —

(a)in paragraph (1) —

(i)for the definition of “additive” substitute ““additive” means a substance as defined in paragraph 1 of the general introduction to Annex III to the Directive as read with paragraph 3 of article 4 of the Directive;”;

(ii)in the definition of “Council Directive 82/711”, omit the words “as amended” to the end;

(iii)after the definition of “Council Directive 82/711” insert the following definitions —

“Council Directive 88/388” means Council Directive 88/388/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to flavourings for use in foodstuffs and to source materials for their production(5);

“Council Directive 89/107” means Council Directive 89/107/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning food additives authorised in foodstuffs intended for human consumption(6);;

(iv)omit the definition of “EEA Agreement”;

(v)for the definition of “EEA State” substitute ““EEA State” means a Member State (other than the United Kingdom), Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein;”;

(vi)after the definition of “EEA State” insert the following definition —

EFSA” means the European Food Safety Authority;;

(vii)after the definition of “preparation” insert the following definition —

“the purity Directives” means Commission Directive 95/31/EC laying down specific criteria of purity concerning sweeteners for use in foodstuffs(7), Commission Directive 95/45/EC laying down purity criteria concerning colours for use in foodstuffs(8) and Commission Directive 96/77/EC laying down specific purity criteria for food additives other than colours or sweeteners(9);;

(b)after paragraph (5) add —

(6) Any reference in these Regulations to a Community instrument is to be construed as a reference to that instrument as amended at the time the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2005 were made..

4.  In regulation 4 (restriction on the use of monomers in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles)—

(a)in paragraph (2) omit sub-paragraphs (a) and (b);

(b)in paragraph (5)(b)(ii) after the word “material” in each case insert the words “or article”.

5.  In regulation 5 (restriction on the use of additives in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles)—

(a)in paragraph (1) add after sub-paragraph (d)—

(e)any food additive authorised by Council Directive 89/107 or any flavouring authorised by Council Directive 88/388 that migrates into food —

(i)in a quantity that has a technological function in the final food product, or

(ii)where the food is of a type for which the use of any such food additive or flavouring is so authorised, in quantities exceeding the limits provided for in Council Directive 89/107 or Council Directive 88/388 as appropriate, or in Schedule 2 to these Regulations, whichever is the lower..

(b)in paragraph (4)(b)(ii) after the word “material” in each case insert the words “or article”.

6.  After regulation 5A insert the following regulation—

Applications for inclusion of an additive in the Community list of authorised additives

5B.(1) This regulation applies where a person wishes to make an application for the inclusion of an eligible additive in the Community list referred to in article 4 of the Directive.

(2) An application mentioned in paragraph (1) including supporting data must be made to EFSA before 1st January 2007.

(3) If, during examination of the data referred to in paragraph (2), EFSA calls for supplementary information, the eligible additive may, if permitted to be used under the laws of England and Wales, continue to be so used until EFSA has issued an opinion, provided such information is submitted within the time limits specified by EFSA.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation an eligible additive is one whose use is permitted in one or more Member States before 1st January 2007..

7.  For regulation 8 (labelling) substitute the following —

  • At marketing stages other than the retail stage a person who is in possession of any plastic material or article intended to come into contact with food is to ensure that the plastic material or article is accompanied by a written declaration which —

    (a)

    attests that it complies with the legislation applicable to it; and

    (b)

    provides, in respect of substances that are subject to a restriction on quantities migrating into food, information obtained from experimental data or theoretical calculation concerning —

    (i)

    the levels of migration specific to those substances;

    (ii)

    where appropriate, purity criteria in accordance with the purity Directives..

8.  In regulation 10 (offences) —

(a)in paragraph (1) for the figure “8(1)” substitute the figure “8”;

(b)after paragraph (24) there is added —

(25) In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations it is a defence to prove that —

(a)the act constituting the offence was committed in relation to a plastic material or article which was manufactured or imported into the European Community before 1st March 2006; and

(b)the act constituting the offence would not have constituted an offence under these Regulations if the amendments made to them by the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (No.2) (Wales) Regulations 2005 had not been in force at the time that act occurred..

9.  In Schedule 1, Part I—

(a)in Section A (monomers authorised without time limit) —

(i)insert in the appropriate numerical order the entries set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations;

(ii)for items 15A, 39, 70, 120B, 147, 147A, 147B and 188 substitute the entries set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations;

(iii)omit items 76B and 76C with their corresponding entries;

(b)omit Sections B and C.

10.  In Schedule 1, Part II (supplementary) paragraph 4—

(a)at the end of note (21) for “and 18670,” substitute “,18670, 54880 and 59280”;

(b)after note (25) add the following—

(27) QMA(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the residual quantities of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 10599/90A, 10599/91, 10599/92A and 10599/93.

(28) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 13480 and 39680.

(29) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 22775 and 69920.

(32) Compliance testing when there is a fat contact should be performed using isoctane as substitute of simulant D (unstable).

(33) QMA(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the residual quantities of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 14800 and 45600.

11.  In Schedule 2, Part I (incomplete list of additives used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles) —

(a)insert in appropriate numerical order the entries set out in Schedule 3 to these Regulations;

(b)for items 60A and 198A substitute the entries set out in Schedule 4 to these Regulations;

(c)omit items 112, 173A, 195C and 240 with their corresponding entries.

12.  In Schedule 2, Part II (incomplete list of additives used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles to which paragraph 5 of Part III of Schedule 2 applies) —

(a)insert in appropriate numerical order the entries set out in Schedule 5 to these Regulations;

(b)omit items 28, 80 and 111A with their corresponding entries.

13.  In Schedule 2, Part III (supplementary) —

(a)in paragraph 4—

(i)in note (8), insert in the appropriate numerical order “38000” and “67896”;

(ii)in note (10), after “levels” insert “(expressed as iodine)”;

(iii)at the end of note (21), for “and 18670,” substitute “, 18670, 54880 and 59280”;

(iv)after note (24) add the following —

(26) QMA(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the residual quantities of the following substances mentioned as reference Nos. 14950, 15700, 16240, 16570, 16600, 16630, 18640, 19110, 22332, 22420, 22570, 25210, 25240 and 25270.

(27) QMA(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the residual quantities of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 10599/90A, 10599/91, 10599/92A and 10599/93.

(28) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 13480 and 39680.

(29) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 22775 and 69920.

(30) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 86480, 86960 and 87120.

(31) Compliance testing when there is a fat contact should be performed using saturated fatty food simulants as simulant D.

(32) Compliance testing when there is a fat contact should be performed using isoctane as substitute of stimulant D (unstable).

(33) QMA(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the residual quantities of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 14800 and 45600.

(34) SML(T) in this case means that the restriction is not to be exceeded by the sum of the migration levels of the following substances having PM/REF Nos. 55200, 55280 and 55360.;

(b)in paragraph 5 for “1st January 2004” substitute “1st July 2006”.

14.  In Schedule 2A (products obtained by bacterial fermentation) for the entry in the column headed “restrictions and specifications” substitute the following —

  • In compliance with specifications included in Schedule 2B.

15.  For Schedule 2B (specifications) substitute the table set out in Schedule 6 to these Regulations.

16.  For paragraph 4(b) of Part I (basic rules) of Schedule 4 (overall and specific migration testing using food simulants) substitute —

(b)omit the migration, the substitute or the alternative tests where —

(i)there is conclusive proof that the migration limits cannot be exceeded in any foreseeable conditions of use of the material or article, or

(ii)the conditions for non-compulsory testing set out in article 8.2 and 8.3 of the Directive are met..

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(10)

D. Elis-Thom

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

21 June 2005

Regulation 9(a)(i)

SCHEDULE 1(ENTRIES TO BE INSERTED IN SECTION A OF PART I OF SCHEDULE 1)

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ItemPM/REF No.CAS No.NameRestrictions and specifications
6A10599/90A061788-89-4Acids, fatty, unsaturated (C18), dimers, distilledQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (27)
6B10599/91061788-89-4Acids, fatty, unsaturated (C18), dimers, non distilledQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (27)
6C10599/92A068783-41-5Acids, fatty, unsaturated (C18), dimers, hydrogenated, distilledQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (27)
6D10599/93068783-41-5Acids, fatty, unsaturated (C18), dimers, hydrogenated, non distilledQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (27)
37A13323000102-40-91,3-Bis(2-hydroxyethoxy) benzeneSML = 0.05 mg/kg
68MA14800003724-65-0Crotonic acidQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (33)
87A16210006864-37-53,3'-Dimethyl-4,4'-diaminodicyclohexylmethaneSML = 0.05 mg/kg (32). To be used only in polyamides.
89A16540000102-09-0Diphenyl carbonateSML = 0.05 mg/kg
101A17110016219-75-35-Ethylidenebicyclo [2,2,1]hept-2-eneQMA = 0.05 mg/6 dm2. The ratio surface / quantity of food shall be lower than 2 dm2/kg
118MA18700000629-11-81,6-HexanediolSML = 0.05 mg/kg
120ZA18896001679-51-24-(Hydroxymethyl)-1-cyclohexeneSML = 0.05 mg/kg
135BM20440000097-90-5Methacrylic acid, diester with ethyleneglycolSML = 0.05 mg/kg
142A21400054276-35-6Methacrylic acid, sulphopropyl esterQMA = 0.05 mg/6 dm2
156XA22775000144-62-7Oxalic acidSML(T) = 6 mg/kg(29)
161A23070000102-39-6(1,3-Phenylenedioxy) diacetic acidQMA = 0.05 mg/6 dm2

Regulation 9(a)(ii)

SCHEDULE 2(ENTRIES TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ENTRIES IN SECTION A OF PART I OF SCHEDULE 1)

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ItemPM/REF No.CAS No.NameRestrictions and specifications
15A1153000999-61-1Acrylic acid, 2-hydroxypropyl esterQMA = mg/6 dm2 for the sum of acrylic acid, 2-hydroxypropyl ester and acrylic acid, 2-hydroxyisopropyl ester and in compliance with the specifications laid down in Schedule 2B
3913480000080-05-72,2-Bis (4-hydroxyphenyl) propaneSML(T) = 0.6 mg/kg (28)
7014950003173-53-3Cyclohexyl isocyanateQMT(T) = 1 mg/kg in FP (expressed as NCO) (26)
120B18898000103-90-2N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl) acetamideSML = 0.05 mg/kg
14722150000691-37-24-Methyl-1-penteneSML = 0.05 mg/kg
147A22331025513-64-8Mixture of (35-45% w/w) 1,6-diamino-2,2, 4-trimethylhexane and (55—65% w/w) 1,6-diamino-2,4,4-trimethylhexaneQMA = 5 mg/6 dm2
147B22332Mixture of (40% w/w) 2,2, 4-trimethylhexane-1,6-diisocyanate and (60% w/w) 2,4,4-trimethylhexane-1,6-diisocyanateQM(T) — 1 mg/kg (expressed as NCO) (26)
18824190065997-05-9Rosin Wood

Regulation 11(a)

SCHEDULE 3(ENTRIES TO BE INSERTED IN PART I OF SCHEDULE 2)

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ItemPM/REF No.CAS No.NameRestrictions and specifications
18A34850143925-92-2Amines, bis(hydrogenated tallow alkyl) oxidised

QM = For use only:

(a)

in polyolefines at 0.1% (w/w) but not in LDPE when it is in contact with foods for which the Directive 85/572/EEC establishes a reduction factor less than 3;

(b)

in PET at 0.25% (w/w) in contact with foods other of those for which the simulant D is laid down in Directive 85/572/EEC

18B34895000088-68-62-AminobenzamideSML = 0.05 mg/kg. To be used only for PET for water and beverages
37AA39680000080-05-72,2-Bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) propaneSML(T) = 0.6 mg/kg (28)
51A42880008001-79-4Castor oil
61A45600003724-65-0Crotonic acidQMA(T) = 0.05 mg/6 dm2 (33)
61B45640005232-99-52-Cyano-3,3-diphenylacrylic acid, ethyl esterSML = 0.05 mg/kg
69A4670015,7-di-tert-Butyl-3-(3,4- and 2,3-di-methylphenyl)-3H-benzofuran-2-one containing: 3(a)5,7-di-tert-butyl-3-(3,4-dimethylphenyl)-3H-benzofuran-2-one (80-100% w/w); and 3(b)5,7-di-tert-butyl-3-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-3H-benzofuran-2-one (0-20% w/w)SML = 5 mg/kg
69B46720004130-42-12,6-Di-tert-butyl-4-ethylphenolQMA = 4.8 mg/6 dm2
109A56535Glycerol, esters with nonanoic acid
131A59280000100-97-0HexamethylenetetramineSML(T) = 15 mg/kg (21) (expressed as Formaldehyde)
178A68078027253-31-2Neodecanoic acid, cobalt saltSML(T) = 0.05 mg/kg (expressed as Neodecanoic acid) and SML(T) = 0.05 mg/kg (13) (expressed as Cobalt). Not for use in polymers contacting foods for which simulant D is laid down in Directive 85/572/EEC
182A69920000144-62-7Oxalic acidSML(T) = 6 mg/kg (29)
195D76866Polyesters of 1,2-propanediol and/or 1,3- and/or 1,4-butanediol and/or polypropyleneglycol with adipic acid, which may be end-capped with acetic acid or fatty acids C12-C18 or n-octanol and / or n-decanolSML = 30 mg/kg
240ZA85601Silicates, natural (with the exception of asbestos)
280B95000028931-67-1Trimethylolpropane trimethacrylatemethyl methacrylate copolymer

Regulation 11(b)

SCHEDULE 4(ENTRIES TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE ENTRIES IN PART I OF SCHEDULE 2)

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ItemPM/REF No.CAS No.NameRestrictions and specifications
60A45450068610-51-5p-Cresol-dicyclopentadiene-isobutylene, copolymerSML = 5 mg/kg
198A77895068439-49-6Polyethyleneglycol (EO = 2-6) monoalkyl (C16—C18) etherSML = 0.05 mg/kg and in compliance with the specifications laid down in Schedule 2B

Regulation 12(a)

SCHEDULE 5(ENTRIES TO BE INSERTED IN PART II OF SCHEDULE 2)

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ItemPM/REF No.CAS No.NameRestrictions and specifications
4A34650151841-65-5Aluminium hydroxybis [2,2'-methylenebis (4,6-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphate]SML = 5 mg/kg
7A38000000553-54-8Benzoic acid, lithium saltSML(T) = 0.6 mg/kg (8) (expressed as Lithium)
18A40720025013-16-5tert-Butyl-4-hydroxyanisole (= BHA)SML = 30 mg/kg
27B46640000128-37-02,6-Di-tert-butyl-p-cresol (= BHT)SML = 3.0 mg/kg
54A54880000050-00-0FormaldehydeSML(T) = 15 mg/kg (21)
54B55200001166-52-5Gallic acid, dodecyl esterSML(T) = 30 mg/kg (34)
54C55280001034-01-1Gallic acid, octyl esterSML(T) = 30 mg/kg (34)
54D55360000121-79-9Gallic acid, propyl esterSML(T) = 30 mg/kg (34)
79A67896020336-96-3Myristic acid, lithium saltSML(T) = 0.6 mg/kg (8) (expressed as Lithium)
83A71935007601-89-0Perchloric acid, sodium salt monohydrateSML = 0.05 mg/kg (31)
88A76680068132-00-3Polycyclopentadiene, hydrogenatedSML = 5 mg/kg (1)
101A86480007631-90-5Sodium bisulphiteSML(T) = 10 mg/kg (30) (expressed as S02)
102A86920007632-00-0Sodium nitriteSML = 0.6 mg/kg
102B86960007757-83-7Sodium sulphiteSML(T) = 10 mg/kg (30) (expressed as S02)
102C87120007772-98-7Sodium thiosulphateSML(T) = 10 mg/kg (30) (expressed as S02)
110A94400036443-68-2Triethyleneglycol bis[3-(3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxy-5-methylphenyl) propionate]SML = 9 mg/kg

Regulation 15

SCHEDULE 6(TABLE TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR TABLE IN SCHEDULE 2B)

ItemPM/REF No.Specifications
111530

Acrylic acid, 2-hydroxypropyl ester.

It may contain up to 25% (m/m) of acrylic acid, 2-hydroxyisopropyl ester (CAS No. 002918-23-2)

216690

Divinylbenzene

It may contain up to 45% (m/m) of Ethylvinylbenzene

3188883-Hydroxybutanoic acid-3-hydroxypentanoic acid, copolymer
DefinitionThe copolymers are produced by the controlled fermentation of Alcaligenes eutrophus using mixtures of glucose and propanoic acid as carbon sources. The organism used has not been genetically engineered and has been derived from a single wild-type organism Alcaligenes eutrophus strain H16 NCIMB 10422. Master stocks of the organism are stored as freeze-dried ampoules. A submaster / working stock is prepared from the master stock and stored in liquid nitrogen and used to prepare inocula for the fermenter. Fermenter samples will be examined daily both microscopically and for any changes in colonial morphology on a variety of agars at different temperatures. The copolymers are isolated from heat treatment bacteria by controlled digestion of the other cellular components, washing and drying. These copolymers are normally offered as formulated, melt formed granules containing additives such as nucleating agents, plasticisers, fillers, stabilisers and pigments which all conform to the general and individual specifications.
Chemical namePoly(3-D-hydroxybutanoate-co-3-D-hydroxypentanoate)
CAS number080181-31-3
Structural formulaCH3
CH3OCH2O
||||||
(-O-CH-CH2-C-)m-(O-CH-CH2-C-)n
where n / (m + n) greater than 0 and less or equal to 0.25
Average molecular weightNot less than 150 000 Daltons (measured by gel permeation chromatography)
AssayNot less than 98% poly(3-D-hydroxybutanoate-co-3-D-hydroxypentanoate) analysed after hydrolysis as a mixture of 3-D-hydroxybutanoic and 3-D-hydroxypentanoic acids
DescriptionWhite to off-white powder after isolation
Characteristics
Identification tests:
SolubilitySoluble in chlorinated hydrocarbons such as a chloroform or dichloromethane but practically insoluble in ethanol, aliphatic alkanes and water
RestrictionQMA for crotonic acid is 0.05 mg/6 dm2
PurityPrior to granulation the raw material copolymer powder must contain:
— nitrogenNot more than 2 500 mg/kg of plastic
— zincNot more than 100 mg/kg of plastic
— copperNot more than 5 mg/kg of plastic
— leadNot more than 2 mg/kg of plastic
— arsenicNot more than 1 mg/kg of plastic
— chromiumNot more than 1 mg/kg of plastic
423547

Polydimethylsiloxane (MW > 6800)

Minimum viscosity 100 centistokes at 25°C

525385

Triallylamine

40 mg/kg hydrogel at a ratio of 1 kg food to a maximum of 1.5 grams of hydrogel.

For use only in hydrogels intended for non-direct food contact use.

638320

4-(2-Benzoxazolyl)-4'-(5-methyl-2-benzoxazolyl) stilbene

Not more than 0.05% w/w (quantity of substance used / quantity of the formulation)

743680Chlorodifluoromethane Content of chlorofluoromethane less than 1 substance
847210

Dibutylthiostannoic acid polymer

Molecular unit = (C8H18S3Sn2)n (n = 1,5-2)

976721

Polydimethylsiloxane (Mw > 6800)

Minimum viscosity 100 × 10-6 m2/s (= 100 centistokes) at 25°C

1077895

Polyethyleneglycol (EO = 2—6) monoalkyl (C16—C18) ether

The composition of this mixture is as follows:

  • polyethyleneglycol (EO = 2—6) monoalkyl (C16—C18) ether (approximately 28%)

  • fatty alcohols (C16—C18) (approximately 48%)

  • ethyleneglycol monoalkyl (C16—C18) ether (approximately 24%)

1183595Reaction product of di-tert-butylphosphonite with biphenyl, obtained by condensation of 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol with friedel craft reaction product of phosphorus trichloride and biphenyl

Composition

  • 4,4'-Biphenylene-bis [0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonite] (CAS No. 38613-77-3) (36-46% w/w (1))

  • 4,3'-Biphenylene-bis [0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonite] (CAS No. 118421-00-4) (17-23% w/w)

  • 3,3'-Biphenylene-bis [0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonite] (CAS No. 118421-01-5) (1-5% w/w)

  • 4-Biphenylene-0,0-bis [0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonite] (CAS No. 91362-37-7) (11-19% w/w)

  • Tris (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphite (CAS No. 31570-04-4) (9-18% w/w)

  • 4,4'-Biphenylene-0,0-bis [0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonate-0,0-bis (2,4-di-tert-butylphenyl) phosphonite] (CAS No. 112949-970) (5% w/w )

Other specifications

  • Phosphor content of minimum 5.4% to 5.9%

  • Acid value of maximum 10 mg KOH per gram

  • Melt range of 85—110°C

1288640

Soyabean oil, epoxidized

Oxirane < 8%, iodine number < 6

1395859

Waxes, refined, derived from petroleum based or synthetic hydrocarbon feedstocks

The product has the following specifications:

  • Content of mineral hydrocarbons with carbon number less than 25: not more than 5% (w/w)

  • Viscosity not less than 11 × 10−6 m2/s (= 11 centistokes) at 100°C

  • Average molecular weight not less than 500

1495883

White mineral oils, paraffinic, derived from petroleum hydrocarbon feedstocks

The product has the following specifications:

  • Content of mineral hydrocarbons with carbon number less than 25: not more than 5% (w/w)

  • Viscosity note less than 8.5 × 10−6 m2/s (= 8.5 centistokes) at 100°C

  • Average molecular weight not less than 480

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

1.  These Regulations, which apply in relation to Wales, further amend the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/1376, “the 1998 Regulations”), which apply to the whole of Great Britain. These Regulations implement in Wales Commission Directive 2004/19/EC (“the Directive”) OJ No. L71, 10.3.2004, p.8.) amending Commission Directive 2002/72/EC (OJ No. L220, 15.8.2002, p.18) (relating to plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

2.  The Regulations amend the 1998 Regulations by —

(a)amending the definition of “additive” to maintain consistency with Commission Directive 2004/19/EC (regulation 3(a)(i));

(b)removing references to lists of substances whose authorisations are now spent (regulation 4(a));

(c)extending to articles the provisions of regulation 4(5) of the 1998 Regulations that formerly only applied to materials (regulation 4(b));

(d)adding a restriction on the use of additives in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles which relates to substances also used as food additives or flavourings (regulation 5(a));

(e)extending to articles to the provisions of regulation 5(4) of the 1998 Regulations that formerly only applied to materials (regulation 5(b));

(f)making provision for the procedure to be followed and the time limits to be observed by any person wishing to have an additive included in the Community list of authorised additives (regulation 6);

(g)amending the labelling requirements for plastic materials and articles at the pre-retail stage so as to require additional information to be given (regulation 7);

(h)making a consequential amendment to regulation 10 (offences) brought about by the amendment to the labelling requirements (regulation 8(a));

(i)providing a defence to breach of the 1998 Regulations as last amended by these Regulations in respect of plastic materials or articles manufactured or imported into the European Community before 1 March 2006 (regulation 8(b)).

3.  They also amend the Schedules to the 1998 Regulations by —

(a)inserting new entries, and amending or deleting some existing ones, in the list of monomers authorised without time limit in Section A of Part I of Schedule 1 (regulation 9(a) and Schedules 1 & 2);

(b)removing the lists of entries for monomers authorised with a time limit that has now expired (regulation 9(b));

(c)adding further supplementary specifications in Part II of Schedule 1 (regulation 10);

(d)inserting new entries and amending or removing some existing entries in the list of additives used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles in Part I of Schedule 2 (regulation 11 and Schedules 3 & 4);

(e)inserting new entries and removing some existing entries in the list of additives used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles set out in Part II of Schedule 2 (regulation 12 and Schedule 5);

(f)adding further supplementary specifications to Part III of Schedule 2, and extending the time limit applicable to substances listed in Part II of that Schedule (regulation 13);

(g)amending the restrictions and specifications in the entry in Schedule 2A relating to products obtained by bacterial fermentation (regulation 14)

(h)inserting new entries and amending or removing some existing ones in the specifications set out in Schedule 2B (regulation 15 and Schedule 6);

(i)adding a provision to the basic rules for overall and specific migration testing using food simulants set out in Part I of Schedule 4, to allow for migration testing to be omitted in the specific circumstances provided for in the Directive (regulation 16).

4.  A regulatory appraisal pursuant to section 65 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 has been prepared for these regulations and placed in the library of the National Assembly for Wales together with a Transposition Note setting out how the main elements of Commission Directive 2004/19/EC are transposed in these Regulations. Copies may be obtained from the Food Standards Agency, 11th Floor, Southgate House, Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 1EW.

(2)

Functions of the Secretary of State under the Food Safety Act 1990 so far as exercisable in relation to Wales were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales by the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672).

(3)

OJ No. L31, 1.2.2002, p.1. That Regulation was last amended by Regulation (EC) No.1642/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No. L245, 29.9.2003, p.4).

(4)

S.I. 1998/1376, amended in relation to Wales by S.I. 2001/1263 (W.70), S.I. 2002/2834 (W.272), S.I. 2003/302 (W.44) and S.I. 2005/182 (W.15).

(5)

OJ No. L184, 15.7.88, p.61. This Directive was last amended by Regulation (EC) No. 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No. L284, 31.10.2003, p.1).

(6)

OJ No. L40, 11.2.89, p.27. This Directive was last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.

(7)

OJ No. L178, 28.7.95, p.1. This Directive was last amended by Commission Directive 2004/46 (OJ No. L114, 21.4.2004, p.15).

(8)

OJ No. L226, 22.9.95, p.1. This Directive was last amended by Commission Directive 2004/47 (OJ No.L113, 20.4.2004, p.24).

(9)

OJ No. L339, 30.12.96, p.1. This Directive was last amended by Commission Directive 2003/95 (OJ No. L283, 31.10.2003, p.71).

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