On March 5, 2013 the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) published the authorization of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling process “Holfeld Diamant” for use in food contact materials, other than packaging of water (EC register number RECYC076). The process was evaluated in response to a request filed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on behalf of Holfeld Plastics Ltd.. The process foresees that the recycled (PET) is mixed with 50% virgin PET and used for thermoformed trays and containers. From the performed challenge migration tests, EFSA estimated migration of below 0.15 µg of a potential unknown contamminant/kg food using the exposure scenario for toddlers. Challenge substances used to estimate potential migration are specified in the criteria (pdf) published by the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) in 2011 and include toluene, chlorobenzene, benzophenone and lindane. The evaluation was carried out in accordance with the Commission Regulation (EC) No 282/2008 on recycled plastic materials intended to come into contact with foods and amending Regulation EC 2023/2006.

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