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Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Direct Food Contact Materials

Avery Dennison offers specialized labels approved for all direct food contact applications—including fatty foods. And what’s more, with our Complete Compliance range, you can meet regulation on a global scale, securing your business against regulatory risks and increasing operational efficiency. Discover the full range of food contact materials in the Avery Dennison portfolio.
Direct food labelling

When the label is applied directly on the surface of the food, or the packaging does not act as a functional barrier between the label and foodstuff, the label is considered to be in direct contact with the food. Because the components used can migrate to the food, extensive regulation on the materials and chemicals that can be used for direct food contact labels has been enacted around the world. To help brands meet these increasingly rigorous standards, Avery Dennison offers a broad choice of labels compliant for direct food contact labels; part of the Food Portfolio that helps align your brand with international regulations and frameworks. Our range focuses on:

  • Paper
  • Film
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Removable adhesive


You can find an adhesive suitable for your application and check if it complies for direct contact for dry or fatty food in our Pressure-sensitive Adhesives Guide.

EU Label Regulations for Food Contact Materials

Labels that are applied directly to the surface of food must meet the increasingly rigorous standards set by the national or regional regulatory bodies. In the EU, direct contact food label materials and adhesives must comply with the framework regulation 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. The regulations states that food contact materials shall be manufactured in compliance with good manufacturing practices so that food contact material constituents that migrate into food should not:

  • endanger human health
  • bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food
  • bring about a deterioration in the organoleptic characteristics of the food


The regulation also mentions some types of materials which may be covered by specific measures. Plastic materials, for instance, are intensively regulated under the 10/2011 regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Adhesives are not harmonized at an EU level, but national and industry measures have been taken to ensure compliance with 1935/2004 and safeguard the quality of the materials and articles on the market

Complete Compliance

Rapidly increasing regulatory demands have a serious impact on label converters. To keep up to date with the growth in regulatory demands, Avery Dennison has developed way of reliably and simply meeting the growing pressures from legislation. Our complete compliance portfolio helps to protect your business against regulatory risks, while also allowing you to offer the right applications to customers.

Avery Dennison’s food contact materials are made to realise full compliance, allowing the customer to determine whether a respective labelling solution is suitable for a particular food type or application. Read more about the European Regulations and Compliance support, or download statements on our Complete Compliance Food Contact page. 

More about Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials division offers self-adhesive packaging and label materials for any application. We’re dedicated to helping you find the right solution for your labelling needs. If you have any questions or queries regarding any of the products in the food contact materials range, or any of our other portfolios, simply contact your local Avery Dennison representative to speak to an expert. Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter for the latest converter and end user news including case studies, whitepapers, service news and how-to guides