for food contact in the European Community
In the European Community, the suitability
for food contact is regulated by Regulation
EC n. 1935/2004, which abrogates Directive
89/109/EEC and sets the general principles for
materials intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.
In particular, as far as plastic materials are
concerned, the reference Regulation is Reg. (EU) No. 10/2011, modified and amended by Reg. (EU) No. 321/2011 and by Reg. (EU) No. 1282/2011, which repealed Dir. 2002/72/EC.
This Regulation lists, in the positive list in Annex I, all monomers and additives suitable for food contact; sets an overall migration
limit (OML) of 60 mg/kg for all substances migrating
from a material into foodstuffs and indicates,
for certain substances, more restrictive specific
migration limits (SML).
The main advantage of these Directives is that
they harmonize the various national legislations
of EC Member States, so that a product manufactured
in one Country can be exported to any other.
Lati S.p.A. counts, among its wide range of products,
formulations specifically studied for suitability
for food contact which provide for the substances
listed in the above-mentioned positive lists and
complies, thanks to its certified Quality System
EN ISO 9001:2008, with art. 17 of Regulation
1935/2004 with regard to the traceability principle.
These types of products follow a dedicated manufacturing
procedure in order to guarantee the highest
standards of quality, with checks and tests during
the entire production cycle, going beyond
mere legal prescriptions.
Each product, upon request, comes with a certificate of
conformity; in this connection, it is paramount
that the customer provides specific information
regarding the destination market of the finished
product, since not all substances suitable in
Europe are also suitable in the U.S. and vice
The strong point of Lati S.p.A. is that it
is able to use various types of resins with properties
and colours depending on the specific needs of