Bamboo in Plastic Are Not Allowed as Food Packaging Materials

Sandwich In Plastic Packaging With Bamboo

On 21 May 2021, Food Safety Authority of Ireland highlighted that plastic as a food contact material is not permitted to contain substances derived from bamboo.

Bamboo is currently not authorized for use in plastic in accordance to Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Bamboo and other plant-based substances have been added to plastics as a filler to reduce the amount of plastic in the product. In some cases, these plastic products are labelled and marketed as ‘biodegradable’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘organic’, ‘natural’ or even in some cases ‘100% bamboo’, which does not reflect the true nature of the product. Their trade name and/or description is sometimes used to support this marketing approach and they are not readily identified as consisting of plastic to consumers.

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