The Materials and Articles in Contract with Food (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Commencement: 6th September 2018

Amends: The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Wales) Regulations 2012

Mini Summary

These Regulations provide for the implementation and enforcement of a number of EU Directives and EU Regulations, regarding materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. General requirements are set for materials and articles in contact with foods. Specific requirements are laid down for active or intelligent materials or articles, ceramic articles, cellulose film, plastics and vinyl chloride.


This amendment provides for the enforcement of Article 2 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 on the use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food.

Article 2 states that migration into or onto food of bisphenol A (BPA) from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles must not exceed 0.05mg of BPA per kg of food.

BPA migration is not permitted from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles specifically intended to come into contact with foods for babies, infants or young children.

This amendment makes any person, who places on the market a material or article that fails to comply with Article 2, guilty of an offence.

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