Plastic Food Containers Mixed with Plant-Materials Should Not be Sold or Used in the UK

In a June 12, 2023 news release the UK Food Standards Authority (FSA) told businesses “… that they should not be selling plastic containers or utensils which contain bamboo and other plant-based materials ... FSA is also encouraging retailers and other businesses to respond to a call for evidence by December 12 … to help determine the long-term safety of food contact materials which contain bamboo and similar plant-based materials in the UK. Until these products have been fully assessed and authorised, they will not be able to remain on the market, and products currently on the market should be withdrawn … The Committee on Toxicity (COT) determined that, in some cases, the presence of bamboo and similar plant-based matter in plastic materials could result in the migration of the plastic components, such as formaldehyde or melamine, into food or drink above their legal limit … consumers are being advised … that they should not use such products until a full study into the potential risks can be completed …” #FoodPackaging #FoodSafety @foodgov