Food Contact Statements

Comprehensive information for the food safety supply chain

Food packaging safety is an issue to which Henkel – as one of the leading adhesive suppliers – is deeply committed. Our contribution to the food safety supply chain is providing our customers with important information so that they can perform their proper risk assessment. Henkel's Food Contact Statements provide comprehensive information on our adhesives in terms of legislation, risk assessment and responsibilities. On this page, you will find bundled knowledge on the importance and the legal background on food contact statements.

Importance of Food Contact Statements

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.

Contents of Henkel’s Food Contact Statements

Our food contact statements do not disclose our formulations, but they are the result of the risk assessment on our stage of the supply chain. Following the recommendation of the European adhesives association (FEICA, Fédération Européenne des Industries de Colles et Adhésifs), which published a guidance for a food contact status declaration for adhesives in February 2013 and the Union Guidance on Regulation (EU) No 10/2011, the Plastics Regulation, our documents have a well-defined structure. Contents of our food contact statements include:

  • Detailed explanations on the valid legislations for food contact adhesives (e.g. Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006)
  • Description of realization of compliance with legislation (applying HACCP)
  • Explanations on Henkel’s risk assessment based on EU legislations, national provisions, migration test results, toxicological assessments, worst-case calculations and migration modeling
  • Clear assignment of responsibilities between Henkel and its customers (e.g. migration testing, control of organoleptic properties)
  • Clear communication of migration test conditions
  • Additional chapters: NIAS, mineral oil components (MOSH, MOAH) and POSH

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