EU Regulation 2020/1245 for plastics in contact with food products



EU Regulation 2020/1245 entered into force on 3 September 2020, introducing substantial amendments to EU Regulation 2011/10 concerning specific rules regarding plastic materials and objects intended to come into contact with food products (MOCA).
The measure specifies that plastic materials and objects that comply with EU Regulation 2011/10 in the version applicable before the entry into force of this Regulation and placed on the market for the first time before 23 March 2021 may continue to be marketed until 23 September 2022 and until stocks run out.

The amendments concern Annexes I, II, IV and V from the previous 2011 Regulation, establishing a list of substances which can be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and objects – further restrictions on plastic materials and articles are introduced in Annex II:

  • addition of new metals to the list in Annex II:
Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Antimony and four lanthanides (Lanthanum, Europio, Gadolinium and Terbium); the sum of these lanthanides shall not exceed the specific migration limit (SML) of 0,05 mg/Kg as a sum;
  • for primary aromatic amines listed in Annex XVII, Appendix 8, item 43 of Regulation (EC) 2006/1907 the detection limit has been lowered to 0,002 mg/kg;
  • for non-listed primary aromatic amines, the sum as specific migration shall not exceed 0,01 mg/kg;
  • new test condition for global migrations (OM0) for contact with food products at low temperatures, at room temperatures and for a short duration of time (≤ 30 minutes);
  • new approach for conformity assessment for objects intended for repeated use (the specific migration in the second test shall not exceed the level observed in the first test and the specific migration in the third test shall not exceed the level observed in the second, as already established for the overall migration);
  • new arrangements for migration testing of food equipment and machinery as a whole.

Tierre Group has already implemented the processes and procedures to carry out all the new analyses introduced by Reg. (EU) 2020/1245 not only to be always compliant with the current provisions but also to pursue its environmental policy and satisfy all stakeholders – customers and consumers – ensuring products that are compliant and have the highest performance in terms of food safety.