Safety assessment of the process ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ used to recycle polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) articles for use as food contact material

Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd, food contact materials, plastic, polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), recycling, process, safety assessment
First published in the EFSA Journal
19 October 2016
15 September 2016
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 ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ (EU register No RECYC130). According to the applicant, the input to the process is polypropylene (PP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) used or intended to be used for the packaging of food. In this process, PP or HDPE pieces are sorted, ground into flakes, washed and dried before being extruded into granules. The recycled plastics are intended for a wide variety of food contact applications. Having examined the information provided, the Panel concluded that the process ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ is not sufficiently characterised. Based on the information submitted to EFSA, the applicant has not demonstrated in a challenge test or by other appropriate evidence, that the recycling process ‘Pokas Arcadian Recycle Ltd’ is able to reduce any contamination of the PP and HDPE 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 2016;14(10):4583
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Greece Competent Authority (Hellenic Republic Ministry of Finance)
Competing interests
In line with EFSA's policy on declarations of interest, Roland Franz did not participate in the development and adoption of this scientific opinion.