Thermoplastics & Food Safety Compliance
Food safe thermoplastic materials from the Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials portfolio can be found in food manufacturing and packaging equipment around the world.
We routinely work with regulatory agencies and food safety organizations to ensure that the widest variety of our products is approved for food contact applications. By ensuring material compliance across our comprehensive portfolio of polymers, we are able to offer food equipment manufacturers the broadest selection of food safe plastics.
In addition to providing consultation and compliance documentation, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials can also collaborate with customers to develop unique food safe formulations to meet specific standards that require additional testing, inspection, and certification.
Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials has extensive experience with the following agencies and their regulations regarding materials used in food contact applications. A brief overview of their policies is provided below. Additionally, we have specific food grade material listings with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), ASTM International, and many global manufacturers.
Agencies Regulating Food-Contact Materials
Plastic Materials in Compliance with EU Food Regulations
Regulation (EU) 10/2011 enables production safety
Historically, plastics used in food contact applications in the EU were regulated by the Directive 2002/72/EC. To better monitor food production processes for the future, the European Union replaced and revised this directive in May 2011 with the Regulation (EU) 10/2011. These regulations include much stricter conditions for migration testing and apply to all member states of the European Union.
Every order of an MCAM product comes with a Declaration of Compliance
At Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, we thoroughly test and document each production step. When you order food safe materials from MCAM, every product delivery is accompanied by a Declaration of Compliance (DoC) with EU 10/2011. The DoC ensures the uninterrupted traceability of the plastic product, from the finished stock shape all the way to the unique batch of raw materials.
This traceability is required by law for modern food processing. Each product is marked with the material type, production lot and size. Each DoC is prepared according to material test reporting norms as defined by DIN EN 10204-2.1.
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The Food and Drug Administration of the United States is responsible for determining whether and how manufactured materials may be used in contact with food products. Definitions for proper use are found in a series of regulations published annually under Government Regulations CFR 21.
FDA approved food contact materials must meet certain standards regarding composition, additives, and properties. End-users should note that it is their responsibility to use the product in a manner compatible with FDA guidelines.
There are also approvals which may comply with the Food Contact Notification (FCN) of the American Food and Drug Administration of effective premarket notifications for Food and Contact Substances (FCS).