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EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinon on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Food Contact Materials

Prompted by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) conducted a safety assessment study on the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles (coated and uncoated) in food contact materials.

In the Scientific Opinion on the Safety Evaluation of the Substance Zinc Oxide, Nanoparticles, uncoated and coated with [3-(methacryloxy)propyl]trimethoxysilane, for use in Food Contact Materials, the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) considers that the substance does not migrate in nanoform and focused on the ‘migration of soluble ionic zinc’.

The EFSA CEF recommends that the European Commission reconsiders the specific migration limit (SML) of 25mg/kg for zinc, 'taking into account the fact that consumers are exposed to zing from sources other than food contact materials'.

 

Please follow this link for the full EFSA Scientific Opinion.

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