On May 28, 2014 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion considering the process “FOOD RePET FGI.H.” used to recycle post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) safe for food contact. The request for evaluation was submitted by the Hungarian National Food Chain Safety Office on behalf of Fe-Group Invest Zrt. In the scientific opinion, the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) states that the conservatively modeled migration resulted in contamination below 0.1 µg/kg food; the process is thus considered effective in limiting migration of potential contaminants. The CEF panel concludes that post-consumer PET derived from the process may be used safely at up to 100% for the manufacture of food contact materials and articles intended to be stored long term at room temperature.

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CEF (May 28, 2014). “Scientific Opinion on the safety assessment of the process “FOOD RePET FGI. H.”, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials.” EFSA Journal 2014;12(5):3705