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Posted 20 November 2005 - 09:30 PM

In an interesting paper published in the October 2005 edition of Food Additives and Contaminants, A. R. De Jong and a group of co-authors presented information about new systems now being developed to make it possible to use packaging materials to actively preserve foods, or to indicate when foods are spoiled in some way. A proposition set forth in this paper, which is worthy of serious legal discussion, is the authors' assertion that "most active and intelligent concepts that are on the market in the USA and Australia cannot be introduced in Europe yet, due to more stringent EU legislation."

It is the purpose of this article to question this assertion and the need for the special provisions now included in the latest Framework Regulation for Food Contact Materials of the European Community.

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