Germany Circulates Proposal to Restrict MOAH in Food Contact Recycled Paper and Board

A look at Germany’s proposal to restrict MOAH in food contact recycled paper and board.
( | Press Release | 2021-04-16 13:41:51 )
On March 22, 2021, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a draft regulation signaling Germany’s intention to regulate mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) in food contact materials and articles made from recycled paper and board.

The draft regulation includes:
• New definitions for waste paper pulp, functional barriers and MOAH. MOAH means alkylated aromatic hydrocarbons with carbon numbers C16-C35 and containing one or more rings (except diisopropylnaphthalenes)
• Allowances for food contact paper, paperboard or cardboard materials and articles to be made with recycled paper provided a functional barrier ensures that any MOAH migration is within defined limits:
o MOAH in food (sum): no more than 0.5 mg/kg
o MOAH in food simulant (sum): no more than 0.15 mg/kg
• Provision to allow two-year sales period for products that were compliant before the amendment

Stakeholders should be aware the new requirements will come into effect three-years after publication of the ordinance.

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