Scientific Opinion on the safety assessment of the process ‘General Plastic’ used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials

General Plastic, food contact materials, plastic, poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), recycling process, safety assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
18 November 2015
28 October 2015
Scientific Opinion
This scientific opinion of the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids deals with the safety assessment of the recycling process General Plastic (EU register number RECYC107). According to the applicant, the input to the process is hot caustic washed poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes originating from separate collected post-consumer PET bottles, containing no more than 5% of PET from non-food consumer applications. In this process, washed post-consumer PET flakes are dried before being extruded into pellets. The pellets are crystallised and then undergo solid-state polycondensation. Having examined the challenge test and the information provided, the Panel concluded that the process ‘General Plastic’ is not adequately characterised and the applicant has not demonstrated that the recycling process ‘General Plastic’ is able to reduce any contamination of the plastic input to a concentration that does not pose a risk to human health.
Panel members at the time of adoption
Claudia Bolognesi, Laurence Castle, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Karl-Heinz Engel, Paul Fowler, Roland Franz, Konrad Grob, Rainer Gürtler, Trine Husøy, Sirpa Kärenlampi, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, André Penninks, Vittorio Silano, Andrew Smith, Maria de Fátima Tavares Poças, Christina Tlustos, Detlef Wölfle, Holger Zorn and Corina-Aurelia Zugravu.
Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids
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EFSA Journal 2015;13(11):4284 [13 pp.].
Question Number
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Public health authority of Slovak Republic
Competing interests
One member of the Panel did not participate in the discussion on the subject referred to above because of potential conflicts of interest identified in accordance with the EFSA policy on declarations of interests.