On November 15, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its “Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the process “Sky-Light MPR”, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials”. The authority considers materials derived from the recycling process for post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) safe for food contact. As long as the used material does not contain more than 5% non-food grade material, the process involving washing and drying will result in materials containing less than 0.15 µg of a contaminant / kg food, according to the opinion. In accordance with regulation EC 282/2008 the decontamination efficiency of the process was tested using surrogate contaminants. EFSA considers the recycling process safe for the manufacture of food contact materials (FCMs) in contact with all types of food other than packaged water. Further, materials shall be stored at room temperature.
EFSA (November 15, 2013). “Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the process “Sky-Light MPR”, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials.” EFSA Journal 2013; 11(11):3450 [14 pp.].