The topic of food contact has been on the rise and resulted in a growing number of new regulations being developed. However, in Europe there is no specific legislation concerning adhesives, but topics such as compliance, food contact materials or risk assessments have been put forward by legal requirements. The European legislation e.g. demands to carry out risk assessments on each stage of the supply chain:
- Raw material supplier: needs to make a risk assessment on the material
- Adhesive supplier: needs to make a risk assessment on the adhesive
- Converter: needs to make a risk assessment on the final packaging
- Food producer: needs to make a risk assessment on the packaged food
As a producer of packaging adhesives, Henkel is part of the supply chain for food contact materials. Following the European food contact legislation, we are obliged to perform a risk assessment for our food packaging products and have to give adequate information to our customers in order to allow the next stage of the supply chain to carry out an own risk assessment. One of Henkel’s contributions to the food safety supply chain are our in-depth food contact statements in which we, among others, specify potential migrants that have to be checked in the final packaging.