On May 15th, the European Commission launched Recommendation 2019/794 on a coordinated control plan to establish the presence of certain substances that migrate from materials and objects destined to come into contact with food. The plan, which came into force on June 1st, must be executed by the Member States and establishes that, in addition to the controls at the point of import, market controls must be carried out, including sampling at points of sale, both wholesale and distribution.
The specific substances referred to in the European Commission document are the primary aromatic amines, phenol, bisphenol A, bisphenol S, phthalates, fluorinated compounds, metals, formaldehyde, melamine and the global migration parameter. The last three parameters are directly related to articles made with bamboo fiber. This concern on the part of the authorities is fully founded since in the last months a significant increase of market withdrawals of this type of articles has been detected due to excessive formaldehyde migration. Keep in mind that, although the majority material is pulverized bamboo (50-60%), 20% of its composition are plastic resins (eg melamine-formaldehyde), which makes the qualifiers “sustainable” and “natural” not be entirely adequate.
It is expected that the information obtained from this plan will be used to determine the possible need to adopt future measures to protect the health of the consumers. From Sigillum Knowledge Solutions we closely follow this news with the aim of helping our clients to reduce the risks associated with their products.