At the beginning of September, the new regulation (EU) 1245/2020 has been published, amending the well-known (EU) 10/2011 on plastic materials intended to come into contact with food. This amendment contains many binding changes regarding migration testing on food contact materials (FCM).
Among others, a new limit for primary aromatic amines (PAA) is published, which is now set at 2 ppb (0,002 mg/kg food). This new limit sets a new base for packaging analysis, since the limit of quantification of the testing method is now changed.
Furthermore, in Annex 2 of regulation (EU) 10/2011 table 1 is added, which contains all the specific migration limits (SML) of 24 metalls (previously, only 9 metals had an SML). With this addition, packaging producers are now even more restricted on the materials they are allowed to use for their plastic articles.
Last, but not least, a new limit is set for titanium dioxide (TiO2), which is the substance responsible for providing the white color on some packaging materials in the market.
The new amendment enters into force within September and all new packages that come out to the market after 23rd March 2021 should respect it.
More information can be found in the official site of the European Union.