Algeria Publishes Decree on Food Contact Materials

algeria-858238_960_720Algeria recently published Executive Decree No. 16-299 on FCM (food contact materials & articles) which applies to both materials and objects which are: 
  • Intended to be placed in contact with foodstuffs 
  • Already in contact with foodstuffs and are designed for such purpose 
  • Expected to be in contact with foodstuffs under conditions of normal or foreseeable use 
All FCM put on the market must be manufactured exclusively with constituents presenting no risk of damage and must not be of harm to the general health and safety of the consumer. Materials and objects have to be manufactured in line with good manufacturing practice to the extent that there is no alteration of their organoleptic characteristics and no unacceptable change in composition, under normal or foreseeable conditions of use. These materials and objects consist of: 
  • Plastic materials (including varnishes & coatings)
  • Regenerated cellulose 
  • Ion exchange resins 
  • Paper and paperboard 
  • Glass
  • Ceramics 
  • Alloys & metals 
  • Wood (including cork)
  • Glue 
  • Textile products 
  • Paraffin and microcrystalline wax
  • Silicone
  • Printing ink
The Decree stipulates that the import, manufacturing and sale of FCM, which aren’t obtained in line with good manufacturing practices and may pose a threat to consumer health, is strictly prohibited. Materials and objects have to be manufactured, stored, transported and disposed of in conditions that conform with the guidelines on hygiene and the environment. Both importers and manufacturers have to provide a certificate of conformity which has to be granted by an accredited body. This must attest compliance with the conditions set down in this decree. FCM have to be sufficiently labeled in accordance with Articles 13-21. 

The Decree is due to take effect from January 6, 2017. 

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