COMMISSION DIRECTIVE 2007/42/EC
of 29 June 2007
relating to materials and articles made of regenerated cellulose film intended to come into contact
(Text with EEA relevance)
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004
on materials and articles intended to come into contact with
food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC (
and in particular Article 5 thereof,
Commission Directive 93/10/EEC of 15 March 1993
relating to materials and articles made of regenerated
cellulose film intended to come into contact with food-
) has been substantially amended several times (
In the interests of clarity and rationality the said Directive
should be codified.
The Community measures envisaged by this Directive are
not only necessary but also indispensable for the
attainment of the objectives of the internal market.
These objectives cannot be achieved by Member States
individually. Furthermore, their attainment at Community
level is already provided for by Regulation (EC)
In order to achieve the objective laid down in Article 3(1)
of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 in the case of regen-
erated cellulose film, the suitable instrument was a
specific directive within the meaning of Article 5 of
Synthetic casings of regenerated cellulose should be the
subject of specific provisions.
The method for determining the absence of migration of
colouring matters should be established at a later stage.
Until criteria of purity and methods of analysis have been
drawn up, national provisions should remain in force.
The establishment of a list of approved substances,
accompanied by limits to the quantities to be used, is
sufficient in principle in this specific case to achieve the
objective laid down in Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC)
However, the bis(2-hydroxyethyl)ether (= diethylene-
migrate extensively to certain foodstuffs and therefore
in order to avoid this possibility, as a preventive
measure, it is more appropriate to lay down definitively
the maximum authorised quantity of such substances in
foodstuffs which have been in contact with regenerated
To protect the health of the consumer, direct contact
between foodstuffs and the printed surfaces of regen-
erated cellulose film should be avoided.
The written declaration referred to in Article 16(1) of
Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 should be provided for
in the event of professional use of regenerated cellulose
film for materials and articles intended to come into
contact with foodstuffs, except those which are, by
their nature, intended for this use.
The rules to be applied to the regenerated cellulose films
should be specific to the nature of the layer in contact
with the foodstuff. Accordingly, the requirements for
consisting of plastics should be different from those
provided for regenerated cellulose films uncoated or
coated with coatings derived from cellulose.
Official Journal of the European Union
) OJ L 338, 13.11.2004, p. 4.
) OJ L 93, 17.4.1993, p. 27. Directive as last amended by Directive
2004/14/EC (OJ L 27, 30.1.2004, p. 48).
) See Annex III, Part A.