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Safety assessment of the process LOGIFRUIT, used to recycle high‐density polyethylene and polypropylene crates for use as food contact materials

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Panel members at the time of adoption

José Manuel Barat Baviera, Claudia Bolognesi, Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Riccardo Crebelli, David Michael Gott, Konrad Grob, Claude Lambré, Evgenia Lampi, Marcel Mengelers, Alicja Mortensen, Gilles Rivière, Vittorio Silano (until 21 December 2020 †), Inger‐Lise Steffensen, Christina Tlustos, Henk Van Loveren, Laurence Vernis and Holger Zorn.
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Abstract

The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of the recycling process LOGIFRUIT (EU register number RECYC260). The input consists of pre‐washed high‐density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP) crates from closed and controlled food distribution loops. The process separates crates by material type. Crates are ground to flakes, possibly extruded to pellets and used by companies approved to be in the loop to manufacture new crates. The Panel considered that the quality management system (QAS) put in place to ensure compliance of the origin of the input with Commission Regulation (EC) No 282/2008 and to provide full traceability is critical. The Panel concluded that, when run under the conditions described, the input of the process LOGIFRUIT exclusively originates from product loops which are in closed and controlled chains. The process is designed to ensure that only crates intended for food contact are used and that contamination other than by food can be ruled out. Therefore, the recycling process LOGIFRUIT to produce HDPE and PP crates to be used in contact with fruits and vegetables, and packed meat and fish, dairy, bakery and pastry products is not of safety concern.