FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS AND CONSUMER GOODS
Risk assessment and risk management are unifying and controlling factors for this area of law.
The legal matter of the interactions between packaging and foods (such as mineral oils in recycled packages) or the incompatibility of substances is complex. As is typical of new regulations, the law in this area is strongly oriented towards consumer protection and draws upon current ad hoc measures, for example, Regulation 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice. On a large scale the European legislature has taken up responsibility as the competent authority, as seen in Basic Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 on food contact materials and Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on plastic materials intended to come into contact with food.
In combination with skill in navigating the legal framework, a sophisticated understanding of substances and their effects or risks of use is indispensable. Our ability to provide comprehensive advice to all responsible parties in the chain, from manufacturers of raw materials and consumer products to distributors and recipients, on issues ranging from conformity declarations to returns and recalls, relies on broad legal and technical knowledge. With the scientific expertise of our cooperative partner meyer.science GmbH on hand, we review more than mere compliance with legal requirements.