Harmonized EU Food Law
HARMONIZED EU FOOD LAW
There is no European Directive specifically applicable to rubber gloves meant for food contact applications. Therefore, (EC) No.1935/2004- Council Directive of October 27, 2004, on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (repealing Directive 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC) is normally used for evaluating the suitability of a glove in food contact applications.
Parent Directive (EC) No,1935/2004 stipulates that any material or article intended to come into contact directly or indirectly with food must be sufficiently inert to preclude substances from being transferred to food in quantities large enough to endanger human health or to bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food or a deterioration in its organoleptic properties.
Specific Directives supplement the Parent Directive and apply to groups of materials. There are seventeen categories in total and gloves are governed by the Directive specific to the Plastics category.
2002/72/EC-Commission Directive of August 4, 2002, relating to plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (repealing Directive 90/128/EEC and its seven amendments) is used as a guideline for evaluating rubber gloves in the absence of a Specific Directive for Rubber.
Gloves must be manufactured using ingredients from the authorized list in the Directive.
In order to evaluate the transfer of components of plastic materials in contact with the foodstuff, migration tests are carried out.
The Directive defines: