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Regulation (EC) No 450/2009
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EU Guidance on active and intelligent materials and articles
Active/Intelligent

“Active materials and articles” are materials and articles that are intended to extend the shelf life or to maintain or improve the condition of packaged food.  They are designed to deliberately incorporate components that would release or absorb substances into or from the packaged food or the environment surrounding the food.  Examples include absorbing or scavenging materials.

“Intelligent materials and articles” are materials and articles that monitor the condition of packaged food or the environment surrounding the food.  An example is a time-temperature indicator.

Suppliers of active and intelligent packaging materials on the European market need to make sure that their materials comply with the general European Framework (EC) 1935/2004 and with 450/2009 (EC), which has specific rules for active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.  There are requirements related to composition restrictions, labeling, and the Declaration of Compliance (DoC) and supporting documentation.

Additional labeling rules apply to these materials.  Non-edible parts shall be labeled with the words ‘Do not eat’ and where technically possible the relevant symbol.