Little Pro on 2018-04-11 Views: Update:2018-10-17
In Canada, there is no official positive list of substances or additives that are permitted for use in manufacturing food contact materials or articles. There is no mandatory food contact notification or testing requirement either. If you place food contact materials on Canadian market, you will need to assure your customers that they are compliant with relevant food contact regulations. In this article, we will give you an overview of food contact regulations in Canada and summarize how to comply.
In Canada, food packaging materials are governed by the Section B.23.001 of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Under this legislation, it is the responsibility of the food seller (manufacturer, distributor) to ensure the safety of packaging material and compliance wit the Section B.23.001 of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Manufacturers and suppliers of food packaging materials or additives do not have direct compliance responsibility. However, they can request, on a voluntary basis, a pre-market assessment of their products from Health Canada and get a letter of no objection (LONO) to show compliance.
Note: There is a mandatory requirement for Health Canada to review food contact materials used to package infant formula (Division 25), foods for special dietary use (Division 24) and novel foods (Division 28).
In order to apply for the pre-market assessment, suppliers of formulated product or a finished packaging article shall submit the following info:
More info is required for the assessment of specific constituents or single additives. The extra info includes simulated migration testing data and toxicological data. If the formulated product or finished article contains new components that have never been reviewed before, additional info such as migration data and toxicological data for the new ingredients will also be needed.
More info about the information requirements can be found here.
Answer is no. The request for pre-market assessment and the letter of no objection is submitted on a voluntary basis. If you are confident that your food contact material is safe for its intended use, there is no need to request the letter of no objection.
The Food Directorate of the Health Canada maintains positive lists of polymers for which letters of no objection have been issued for use in food packaging and other food contact applications. Those listed polymers do not need the letter of no objection if suppliers can demonstrate equivalence.
The lists include the trade name and grade of each polymer, its manufacturer, the date on which the no objection letter was issued and details of any limitations imposed on its food packaging uses. They can be requested by email. Click here for contact info.
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