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- Practical Guide -
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ANNEX I TO SECTION 2 OF CHAPTER I
GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF ARTICLE 1 OF
DIRECTIVE 89/109/EEC
CHEESEWAX
Cheesewax is a formulated product largely based on solid hydrocarbons or fatty acid
derivatives, additives and pigments. It is applied to cheese in order to prevent
microbiological deterioration and protect cheese from contamination during handling, storage
and transport.
In accordance with Article 1 of Directive 89/109/EEC, cheesewax is considered as a food
contact material for the reason that it does not "form part of the foodstuffs" and it is not
consumed together with those foodstuffs.
In fact,
(a)
It hardly adheres to the untreated rind of cheese;
(b) It does not adhere to untreated rindless cheese;
(c)
It will be taken off cheese pre-treated with polymeric film together with this film.
Involuntary ingestion of cheesewax should be avoided. Therefore, the consumer should be
informed, e.g. by a label or a distinct colour of the wax.
COVERING PREPARED MEAT PRODUCTS
"Covering prepared meat products" are considered as a food contact materials for the reason
that they do not "form part of the foodstuffs" and they are not consumed together with those
foodstuffs.
Involuntary ingestion of this covering should be avoided. Therefore, the consumer should be
informed, e.g. by a distinct colour of covering
ISSUE RELATED TO POP CORN AND OTHER "EDIBLE" MATERIAL USED AS
FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS
Pop corn and other edible materials used as packaging for food applications are considered as
foodstuffs and submitted to the foodstuffs rules.