On October 19, 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA’s) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) published a scientific opinion in the EFSA Journal, dealing with the safety assessment of the process ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ used to recycle polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) articles intended for food contact applications.
The Panel concluded that, based on the information provided, the process is not sufficiently characterized regarding its ability to “reduce any contamination of the PP and HDPE input to a concentration that does not pose a risk to human health.”
Challenge tests that can be carried out to demonstrate decontamination of polyolefins during recycling have been reviewed recently (FPF reported).
CEF (October 19, 2016). “Safety assessment of the process ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ used to recycle polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) articles for use as food contact material.” EFSA Journal DOI 10.2903/j.efsa.2016.4583