The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considers the polyethylene teretphthalate (PET) post-consumer recycling process “Cumapol” safe for food contact materials in a scientific opinion published April 9, 2013 (RECYC085). According to the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) the 4 step procedure is able to decontaminate post-consumer PET sufficiently to ensure migration limits below 0.1µg/kg food. The recycled PET shall not contain more than 5% non-food PET. The scientific opinion responded to a request by the Dutch Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sport, which had submitted the request on behalf of Cumapol Emmen BV.


CEF (2013). “Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the process “Cumapol”, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials.” EFSA Journal 2013;11(4):3156-2170.