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Parliamentary questions
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20 March 2019
E-000299/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000299/2019

1. All food contact materials are subject to Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004(1) which, inter alia, requires that these materials are safe, and that Member States carry out official controls and sanction infringements.

With respect to such controls, the Commission carried out four fact-finding missions in 2017 and four audits in 2018(2). Where appropriate, these resulted in recommendations addressed to those Member States. The Commission is also using these results to inform the current evaluation of the legislation on food contact materials(3).

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessed and is continuing to assess plastic recycling processes. It did not conclude that any of the assessed processes are unsafe. The Commission is working on the preparation of the corresponding authorisation decisions.

2. Where a substance is not approved in the EU for reasons other than public health reasons, import tolerances may nevertheless be set but only if fully supported by data and safe for consumers. In 2017 and 2018, EFSA received five applications to set import tolerances according to Article 6(4) of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005(4) for active substances not approved in the EU for use in plant protection products under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009(5).

No import tolerances were set based on requests received in the period concerned. Four import tolerance requests are still pending for good agricultural practices (GAPs) authorised in Brazil and the United States. One import tolerance request was withdrawn for a GAP authorised in the United States.

(1)OJ L 338, 13.11.2004, p. 4.
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/food/audits_analysis_en
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/chemical_safety/food_contact_materials/evaluation_en
(4)OJ L 70, 16.3.2005, p. 1‐16.
(5)OJ L 309, 24.11.2009, p. 1‐50.

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